Local Resources

Need a trusted adult to share a current struggle or problem – either for you or a friend? Talk to a school counselor, teacher, coach, or other trusted adult.

If you are feeling weighed down, and don’t know what to do, there are great resources available, and people ready to help.

CRISIS TEXT LINE is a free, 24/7 support for people in crisis. Text HELLO to 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.  Crisis Text Line is powered by over 3,800 volunteer Crisis Counselors who work remotely. Apply to be a volunteer.

TEEN LINE ONLINE – Do you want to talk to someone who understands, like another teen?  Call – 1-800-843-5200 or text TEEN to 839863 (between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm). Get info on a variety of teen issues or visit the teen message board.

There’s local help available for substance use and mental health services for those lacking the finances to pay:

Family Resource Centers – for services for children and families from bilingual staff

CHEC Family Resource Center – In San Juan Capistrano, call 949-489-7742

SOC Family Resource Center – In Lake Forest, call 949-364-0500

Wellness & Prevention Center – In San Clemente, call 949-680-0516, for services to students and families attending school in San Clemente

Western Youth Services In Laguna Hills, call  (949) 855-1556, for services for children and families from bilingual staff.

Substance Use

NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) – Get more facts about the science behind drugs and addiction. – With quick facts about drugs

Above the Influence – for tips on leading a drug free life and staying true to your dreams.


Marijuana Fact Check – Get science based information about marijuana.

Stay True to You – Being a teenager is hard enough – marijuana can make it harder.

Tobacco, Vaping and e-Cigs

Tools to Help You Quit

Still Blowing Smoke – Learn how big tobacco is targeting teens…again.

Know the Risks E-Cigarettes & Young People – Get the facts. Know the risks. Take action.

Truth Campaign – Be the generation that ends smoking


DrugFreeWorld – Understanding how alcohol affects teens differently than adults.

Alateen – A place just for teens affected by a family member’s use of alcohol.

Other Resources

These resources can provide help and tools for navigating many of the issues teens face today.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in crisis. Call for yourself, or someone you care about. The call is free and confidential.
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

National Eating Disorders Association
The National Eating Disorders Association provides a toll-free helpline to connect people with resources, information, or referrals to national and local treatment providers.
Call 1-800-931-2237, Available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

S.A.F.E. Alternatives
Self-injury is known by many names, including self-abuse, cutting, self-mutilation, or deliberate self-harm. S.A.F.E. Alternatives is a nationally recognized group that provides counseling, treatment referrals, and resources if you need help. This toll-free 800 number is an information line, but hotline information is available on the S.A.F.E. website.
Call 1-800-DONTCUT (366-8288), Available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time