Emotional Wellness

Wellness Resources

Dear Parent or Guardian;

As you know, life is often a roller-coaster ride of emotions, with teen years being especially susceptible to wide variations in mood.  It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression is among the most common disorders in youth today.  Suicide is directly related to mental illness, typically associated with depression, and is one of the most serious public health problems facing our youth.  Currently, over 90% of youth who die by suicide have a mental disorder that is often undiagnosed or untreated.

Depression is just one of many mental illnesses that young people experience today. At Leland High School, the administrators, faculty, and staff are committed to addressing this issue by providing access to resources which are now available on our new “Emotional Wellness” tab on the Leland High School website located under the “Parents” drop down menu. We have also made a “Wellness Resources” tab for the students to access under the “Students” drop down menu. 

We understand that sometimes you may need to seek additional support for your child. The information found on the “Emotional Wellness” webpage is intended to provide options and direction for parents seeking additional supports and resources for their students. The webpage and its links are not intended to recommend one option or service over another but to provide a general overview of local, state, and national resources available. We encourage you to also visit the “Wellness Resources” student webpage.

The resources provided are collected on our website for your reference and convenience.  Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by SJUSD, Leland High School, or its administrators and staff. This web page contains links to one or more web pages that are outside the SJUSD network; neither​ Leland High School nor SJUSD controls the content or relevancy of these pages.

Suggested Readings

teaching kids to thinkDr. Sweetland and Dr. Stolberg share their 20 years of experience as clinical psychologists to address the unique challenges of raising children and teens in the Instant Gratification Generation. They offer insight into the social, emotional, and neurological issues unique to this generation. The impact of academic pressure, social expectations, and the insurgence of technology into their daily lives are discussed. They share why the “conveniences” available to this generation can actually deprive children and teens from learning the essential life skills needed for college and adulthood.

Link:  Teaching Kids to Think


10 Common Warning Signs of a Mental Health Condition in Teens and Young Adults


LHS Student Services Document

Local Resources: Santa Clara County

Santa Clara Suicide & Crisis Hotline 1-855-278-4204 Available: 24/7
Santa Clara County Teen Crisis Line 1-888-247-7717 Available: 24/7
Mental Health Call Center 1-800-704-0900 Available: 24/7
The Santa Clara County Suicide & Crisis Hotline is a 24-hour, toll-free confidential suicide prevention hotline available 7 days a week for phone intervention and emotional support by highly trained volunteer Crisis Phone Counselors to help individuals who are experiencing: ~different forms of crises ~emotional or situational distress ~a need for ongoing support ~varying degrees of mental illness ~a need for general information or referrals.

Almaden Valley Counseling Services 1-408-997-0200
The Almaden Valley Counseling Service envisions a community where everyone has access to affordable mental health counseling. AVCS is a community-based, nonprofit counseling agency committed to meeting the mental health concerns of all ages with an emphasis on youth. AVCS offers a full range of counseling services which supports and promotes personal growth, positive family relationships and emotional well-being.

Uplift Family Services 1-408-379-9085 or 1-877-41-CRISIS Available: 24/7
EMQ Families First is a statewide nonprofit that helps children and families. The agency is one of the largest, most comprehensive mental health treatment programs in California. EMQ Families First takes a state-of-the-art approach to children and adolescents with complex behavioral health challenges and helps them recover from trauma such as abuse, severe neglect, addiction and poverty. For youth that exit our programs, over 90% are living in the community, staying in school, and remaining out of trouble.

Bill Wilson Crisis Line & Counseling 1-408-279-8228 Available: 24/7
Bill Wilson Center provides direct services to more than 3,500 children, youth, young adults and families in Santa Clara County through our various programs. We reach more than 34,000 clients indirectly through our Street Outreach and crisis line programs. Bill Wilson Center programs focus on housing, education, counseling, and advocacy.

Alum Rock Crisis Line 1-408-294-0579 Available: 24/7
To deliver a full complement of behavioral health services to youth, their families and individuals in the neighborhoods we serve throughout Santa Clara County. We do so with a deep commitment to respect and reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of our clients. Partnerships are essential to our success, and we will continue to build lasting connections with local schools, mental and physical healthcare systems and other providers.

Community Solutions Crisis Line
1-408-638-4118 Available: 24/7
Community Solutions is a comprehensive non-profit human services agency serving Santa Clara County and San Benito County. Since 1972, we have responded to the growing and changing needs of our community, serving several thousand people from young children to older adults each year.

Emergency Services: 911