Skip to main content Skip to site navigation

Look After Your Mental Health


Things You Can Do

You may be feeling anxious, stressed, worried, or sad.  Fortunately, there are things you can do to maintain your mental health and to avoid harmful coping behaviors such as using substances. Healthy ways include practicing self-care, staying connected, and reaching out for help when you need support.

One way San Mateo County is helping our youth stay well during this time is through their “Crushing the Curve” campaign designed to educate young people (and their parents/caregivers) on staying healthy – mentally and physically – during the pandemic at,

Talk to Someone

You are not alone.  If you or someone you know would like immediate emotional support, contact one of these free 24/7 confidential crisis lines.

San Mateo County Crisis Hotline (and Drug and Alcohol line)
Operated by StarVista

Crisis Text Line 

National 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

California Peer-Run Warmline:

Veterans Crisis Line:

Disaster Distress Helpline:

TrevorLifeline for LGBTQ youth 

Youth Stabilization, Opportunity, and Support (S.O.S.) Team
 For youth ages 0-25

The StarVista Crisis Center now offers a Specialized Mobile Crisis Response Service for youth ages 0-25. The Youth Stabilization, Opportunity, and Support (S.O.S.) team responds to children and youth that are experiencing an escalation of mental and behavioral health symptoms (such as suicidal ideation/intent, self-injurious behaviors, undiagnosed mental health disorders, etc).  Call 1-650-579-0350.

Current or Former Foster Youth and Caregivers

  • Are you a current or former foster youth? Having problems at home? Frustrated? Need someone to talk to? 
  • Are you a caregiver of a current or former foster youth? Are you feeling frustrated? Would you like additional support?
  • The 24/7 FURS  hotline is here to help. 
    CALL OR TEXT: 1-833-939-FURS | 1-833-939-3877
  • Learn more about FURS at

National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • (800) 799-7233 (SAFE)  En Español
  • TT:Y: 1-800-787-3224
  • Chat (Accessible in over 200 languages)

CORA (Communities Overcoming Relationship Abuse):

In Case of Psychiatric Emergency

If you are experiencing a psychiatric emergency, call or text 9-1-1. See Guidelines for calling 911 in a mental health emergency ) or go to your nearest hospital emergency room if you can safely get there.  Learn more about San Mateo County’s crisis services and resources

Additional resources 

CalHOPE Warm Line

  • Call (833) 317-4673, Monday – Friday from 7 am – 11 pm for COVID-19 specific non-emergency support from peers


  • Grief support for children, teens, families and adults
  • (650) 321-5272

Find Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Service

If you are a San Mateo County resident with Medi-Cal or are uninsured, call San Mateo County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Access Call Center: 

If you have a health plan through your employer or have private health insurance, call the number on your health plan membership card to find  a provider.