WELCOME TO THE Mental Health &
Wellness CENTER (Room 801)
Formerly known as The Student Family Center
Staff CONTACT Information
Rachel Ghezzi, LCSW, PPSC
Social Worker/MHWC Coordinator
Alonso Avalos, MSW, PPSC
Agencies On Campus
Bay Area Community Health (BACH) Van
Bill Wilson Center
New Hope for Youth
YWCA Tea Club
Art of Yoga
TOOLS FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS:
An online tool for parents or caregivers dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Visit their website for more information!
For Apps available on your Smartphone, go to the bottom of the resources.
The Mental Health & Wellness Center provides safe and supportive environments in the school setting where students can discuss a variety of topics in a confidential, nonjudgmental space staffed with professionals who are dedicated to improving the health, well being, and educational outcomes of all students. Through both on-campus programming and community-based partnerships, Santa Teresa students will receive assessment, counseling, and referrals to other support services to maximize student engagement and success.
The Mental Health & Wellness Center is staffed with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, MFT and Social Work Associates and Interns, and Community-Based Organizations (also known as agencies) to address challenging issues that may be interfering with the ability to be academically successful in school.
The MHWC addresses a wide variety of issues such as:
Depression & Suicide
Sexual Orientation/Gender Questions
Drug & Alcohol Abuse
Violence and Abuse
Sexual Health Education
Cultural Adjustment & Identity Support
Off-site Resources & Referrals
How do I refer a student to the MHWC?
Students, staff, guardians or any concerned person can refer a student to the MH&WC. To submit a referral, click here! (new form coming for Fall 22) In addition, students can self-refer or refer friends by coming directly to the MHWC during the school day.
What types of services are provided?
Students can participate in a variety of services including assessments, brief individual therapy or support groups on-campus, and referrals to resources both on and off campus. MHWC services provided to students are free!
How often will students miss classes to utilize the MHWC?
Students usually participate in MHWC services up to one hour per week. MHWC providers will alternate class periods for appointments and/or group sessions so that students do not miss the same class regularly. All students are issued a call slip for MHWC appointments.
Where exactly is the MHWC located?
Santa Teresa High School’s Mental Health & Wellness Center is located in room 801. The Calming Space is the large, quiet room in the back. Please enter by walking through the hallway. You will sign in with a staff member.
What can I expect in the Calming Space?
If you feel you need emotional support at this time or if you are concerned about the emotional needs of a friend, please go by the MHWC at any time during the school day. Counselors are available to talk with you. In addition, there are resources available in our community, 24 hours a day. Below are some phone numbers that you may call at any time, for any reason.
Youth and Teen 24/7 Suicide and Crisis Hotline: (888) 247-7717
Youth Crisis Text Line: Text “listen” to 741-741
Suicide and Crisis Hotline: (855) 278-4204
Alum Rock Counseling Mobile Crisis Services: (408) 294-0579
Help Through Instant Messaging: www.chat4teens.org
YWCA 24/7 Rape Crisis: (800) 829-3777
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence: (408) 279-2962
Mental Health Call Center: (800) 704-0900
Pacific Clinics (Formerly Uplift) Crisis Line: (408) 379-9085
Child Abuse Hotline: (408) 299-2071
Bill Wilson Safe Place Emergency Housing: (408) 243-0222
Center for Living With Dying: (408) 278-2515
Parental Stress 24/7 Help: (408) 279-8228
SOS Crisis Hotline for Parents, caregivers, teachers: (408) 278-2585
COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES
In Alphabetical Order:
Alum Rock Counseling Center (408) 294-0500. Crisis line (408) 294-0579
ARCC offers nearly a dozen separate programs for high-risk youth and their families. Programs, offered individually or in various combinations focus on: early childhood development and parent coaching, middle school student mentoring, life skills development, truancy reduction, gang-related services, mobile crisis response and counseling, case management, child abuse and neglect prevention and community outreach.
Almaden Valley Counseling Services (408) 997-0200
AVCS provides Short and long term counseling for children, adolescents, individual adults, couples and families. Fees are based on a sliding scale and are determined by income. In addition, AVCS offers a Geriatric Advisory Program, Parenting Classes, Cooperative Parenting and Divorce classes, and referrals.
Asian Americans for Community Involvement (408) 975-2730
AACI is Santa Clara County’s largest community-based organization focused on Asian Americans in the community. For 40 years, their services have provided critical support and we continue to grow to provide culturally accessible services, not only for Asian Americans but for all.
Bill Wilson Center (408) 243-0222. Crisis Line (408) 850-6125
Bill Wilson Center offers a wide variety of services for children, adolescents and adults. Learn about all Bill Wilson Center programs by visiting their website or by calling their number.
Bill Wilson Center's Centre for Living with Dying (408) 243-0222
The Centre for Living with Dying serves children, adolescents, and adults who are dealing with grief and loss. The Centre for Living with Dying program provides emotional support to adults and children facing life-threatening illness or the trauma of having a loved one die. The Centre also provides crisis intervention services and broad-based educational programs on grief and loss. Whether clients choose individual counseling or grief groups, they are gently given tools for coping with loss and trauma.
General Mental Health:
Quit That! is a completely free app that helps users beat their habits or addictions. Whether you’re looking to stop drinking alcohol, quit smoking, or stop taking drugs, it’s the perfect recovery tool to track and monitor your progress. Track as many vices as you want and find out how many minutes, hours, days, weeks, or years it’s been since you quit. (Free, iOS)
Calm is quickly becoming regarded as one of the best mental health apps available. Calm provides people experiencing stress and anxiety with guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programs, and relaxing music. (Free, iOS, Android)
Headspace makes meditation simple. Learn the skills of mindfulness and meditation by using this app for just a few minutes per day. You gain access to hundreds of meditations on everything from stress and anxiety to sleep and focus. ($12.99/month, iOS, Android)
Mind Shift is one of the best mental health apps designed specifically for teens and young adults with anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxious feelings, Mind Shift stresses the importance of changing how you think about anxiety. (Free, iOS, Android)
Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM) might be perfect for you if you’re interested in self-help, but meditation isn’t your thing. Users are prompted to build their own 24-hour anxiety toolkit that allows you to track anxious thoughts and behavior over time, and learn 25 different self-help techniques. (Free, iOS, Android)
Happify is your fast-track to a good mood with its psychologist-approved mood-training program. Try various engaging games, activity suggestions, gratitude prompts and more to train your brain as if it were a muscle, to overcome negative thoughts. (Free, iOS, Android)
Recovery Record is a great app for anyone recovering from an eating disorder and wanting to develop a more positive body image. Keep a record of the meals you eat and how they make you feel using the app and complete questionnaires that’ll help you track your progress over time. (Free, iOS, Android)
Rise Up + Recover is a unique app as it not only allows you to track your meals and how you feel when you eat them, but you can also transcribe your progress into a PDF printout. Pull up the Rise + Recover app on your mobile when you feel the urge to binge or skip a meal, and need quick coping strategies. (Free, iOS, Android)
MY3 is aimed at people who are depressed and suicidal, and trains users to recognize suicide warning signs in others. MY3 asks you to choose three close contacts that you feel comfortable reaching out to when you’re down and keeps you connected to this core network. It helps you create your own safety plan asking you to think through and list your own warning signs, coping strategies and support network, so that you can easily act when you recognize your warning signs. (Free, iOS, Android)