Support for Children, Teens, and Young Adults

NAMI SMC offers support for youth with a mental health diagnosis and for their families.

Support Groups for Parents of Youth and Young Adults

NAMI: For Parents of Youth & Young Adults
For family members with children ages 6-26 who have received a diagnosis.

San Mateo Medical Center: 222 W. 39th Ave & Edison, Board Room (main entrance elevator to 2nd floor, left to the end of hall).  San Mateo.  (650) 638-0800.

(Park in the large lot on the west side of the building off 37th Avenue. Enter building through the “Hospital & Clinic West & follow the NAMI signs to the 2nd floor Board Room, W-225).

2ND MONDAYS, 7-8:30pm.

Other Support Groups and Local Services

Parent Chat.  For parent/caregivers of kids aged 14-24 with mental health challenges.  2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm.  Orchard Room, Los Altos Library, 13 San Antonio Road.  Info:  Trudy Palmer 650 208 9116 or Donna Soo 650 823 0997.

SafeSpace. Provides support and clinical assessment to help you overcome struggles you may be having in your personal life at home or school.  Walk In or appointment.  708 Oak Grove Ave, Menlo Park.  Clinical Services:  1162 & 1166 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. (650) 714-4417

StarVista Counseling, skill development and crisis prevention to children, youth, adults and families.  Youth peer to peer training.  24 hour emergency and temporary housing for runaway and homeless youth and families in crisis.  Crisis Hotline (650) 579-0350 (800) 273-8255, 800-SUICIDE.  Parent Support Line:  (650) 579-0358/(888) 220-7575.  Alcohol and Drug Line (650) 579-0356.  Peer to Peer Teen Chat Room.

ASPIRE El  Camino Hospital.  After School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education (ASPIRE) helps children, teens and young adults with anxiety, depression or other symptoms related to a mental health condition.  Middle school, High school and transitional program.  (866) 789-6089

Sutter Health Mills Peninsula Teenage Mental Health Services  Teenage mental health services for ages 13-18 Psychiatric emergency services, intensive outpatient therapy.  (650) 696-4666 for appointment.  (650) 696-5915 for psychiatric emergency services.

The Gronowski Center   A psychology training clinic dedicated to providing compassionate counseling and psychotherapy services to adults, older adults, couples, adolescents, children and families in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.  Sliding scale.  Servcies are provided by doctoral level psychology students under the supervision of licensed psychologists.  (650) 961-9300

Adolescent Counseling Services  Supports the wellbeing of all teens, tweens, and young adults in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.  ACS’ network of skilled family therapists and professionally-led suppport groups are resources that youth and their families can rely on time and again for help with life’s challenges, big or small! (650) 424-0852 

Children’s Health Council   Offers evaluations, programs and treatment for ADHD, Learning Differences, Anxiety & Depression and Autism and servces families on the Peninsula and South Bay as well as the greater San Francisico Bay Area through our clinical services, schools and community education and outreach programs.  (650) 688-3624

Children’s Health Council   CHC recently opened an Intensive Outpatient Program for teens ages 14-18 needing a higher level of DBT skill building and care for anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. CHC Intensive Outpatient Program or call 650.688.3625
Español 650.688.3650.

Family and Children Service of Silicon Valley  Services for Children, Teens and their Families.  Individual and family couonseling services (sliding fee scale and private pay).  Medi-Cal mental health services.  Mental Health services for children who are Feaf/Hard of Hearing and their families.  School based counseling and family support services.  (650) 326-6576

Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health  Early Mental Health Support and Clinical Care for more serious conditions.  Education (parent ed and outreach) and community partnerships, technology program.  (650) 723-7704

YMCA Youth Services Bureau  Offers clinical counseling services in three clinics in  San Mateo County on a sliding fee scale and free to Medi-Cal and Victims of Crime (VOC).  Works with 50 schools providing on site counseling and assessment; crisis interventions, on-campus violence prevention and adolescent life skills/support groups. (650) 349-7969

Other Resources


Parents & Teachers as Allies

NAMI SMC offers Parents and Teachers as Allies Presentations.  Please click on the button below to schedule a presentation

Click here to see our flyer for the presentation.

NAMI is delighted to announce the expansion of our Parents and Teachers as Allies in-service mental health education program for school professionals.  This two-hour in-service program focuses on helping school professionals and families within the school community better understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents and how best to intervene so that youth with mental health treatment needs are linked with services. It also covers the lived experience of mental illnesses and how schools can best communicate with families about mental health related concerns.

This program responds to the recommendations included in Goal 4 of President Bush’s New Freedom Commission report on mental health that calls for schools to play a larger role in the early identification of mental health treatment needs in children and in linking them to appropriate services.  Our program is based on NAMI’s highly successful Parents and Teachers as Allies (P&TA) publication.

The components of the in-service education program for school professionals include the following:

  1. Welcome and Introductions – an education professional, who is also a family member, welcomes the school professionals and introduces the topics to be covered, often with a personal story.
  2. Early Warning Signs of Mental Illnesses – a facilitator walks the school professionals through the early warning signs of mental illnesses, closely following the P&TA publication.
  3. Family Response – a parent or caregiver of a child with mental illness covers the predictable stages of emotional reactions among family members dealing with the challenges of mental illness and the lived experience of raising a child with a mental illness.
  4. Living with Mental Illness – a mental health consumer that experienced the early onset of mental illness shares a view from the inside, including a discussion about the positive and negative impact that their school experience had on their life.
  5. Group Discussion
  6. Closing Remarks and Evaluation

This program is designed for teachers, administrators, school health professionals, parents and others in the school community.

The program is designed to target schools in urban, suburban, rural, and culturally diverse communities.  The toolkit has been developed to be culturally sensitive and a Spanish language version of the Parents & Teachers as Allies publication has been developed.

NAMI has also worked with the University of Maryland on an evaluation component to measure the program’s success and to help ensure continuous quality and program improvement.