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Emotional Health

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HLPUSD Partner providers

These past few months have been different for everyone.  While most health insurance plans have benefits for mental health, we also have no cost options for students receiving Medi-cal benefits.   The following agencies partner with our district and are accepting referrals:

SPIRITT Family Services: 855-714-8800 (locations in Whittier and El Monte)

Alma Family Services in El Monte 626-279-2530, Walnut 626-965-4463 and Pico Rivera 562-692-1517  

ENKI Health & Research in West Covina 626-974-0770  

Foothill Family Services in Covina 626-993-3000    


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Resource List

Seize the Awkward - Does a friend, classmate or teammate seem to be struggling?

This campaign encourages young people to reach out to friend who may be struggling with mental health problems.

Set to Go - Need Help Making the Transition to College?

What is your best option after high school? This program guides students and families through the challenges of transitioning from high school to college and adulthood.

Half of Us - Do you ever feel like the only person worried about your mental well being or substance use?

This program features and students talking about their personal experiences with mental health and substance use. Half of Us helps young people feel less alone and encourages them to reach out for help.

It’s easy to procrastinate getting help, but reaching out for support is the first step to feeling better. Just talking about what’s going on can help you feel better, so take that first step by reaching out for help or opening up to a counselor, teacher, trusted friend or family member. There are ways to feel better, but you have to tell someone what you’re going through.

Just as there are things you can do every day to improve your physical health, you can also support your emotional health and improve your mood by taking simple actions. By doing things such as sleeping well, staying active, eating nutritious foods and taking time to relax, you can feel better and improve your state of mind.

Not sure how to talk to your parents?

Talking to a parent about mental health can be scary for a number of reasons.  Click this link for some of the most common concerns people give for not talking to their parents and some tips  for overcoming them.

USC tele-health services

USC offers a great service that is no charge and is open to anyone in need of services.  This program is called the SAFE-T Program at USC Telehealth. It is a short term program (8 therapy sessions) where patients will be able to receive therapy via phone and/or Zoom.  Contact with info on flyers below or see their website for more info. is a platform for all youth to come together and be heard in a safe, positive environment.  We focus on mental health and wellness, harnessing peer connections as a source of strength. Our online content lies in video responses and blog posts by youth, for youth.

What If Someone Talks To You About Their Mental Health?

  • Listen. Let them finish their sentences and complete thoughts without interrupting. After they have finished you can respond.
  • Let them know if you understand. If someone has just spilled their guts and and you’ve gone through something similar—tell them. It helps a lot for someone to know they aren’t alone. Make sure you don’t switch the topic of conversation to your struggles though; focus on their needs.
  • Avoid being judgmental. Don’t tell them they are being weird or crazy; it’s not helpful at all.
  • Take them seriously. Try not to respond with statements that minimize how they are feeling or what they are going through, such as, “You’re just having a bad week,” or “I’m sure it’s nothing.”
  • Make yourself available to talk again if needed. While it can be a big relief for someone to share something they have been keeping secret, mental health struggles usually aren’t solved with one conversation. Let the person who has spoken with you know that they can reach out to you again if they are having a tough time. It’s ok to let them know if there is a time of day or certain days of the week that you aren’t available. For instance, “I’m here for you if you need to talk, but my parents don’t let me use the phone after 9 on school nights, so call before then.
  • Don't turn what you've been told into gossip. If someone is talking to you about their mental health, it was probably tough for them to work up the nerve to say something in the first place and you shouldn’t share what they tell you with other students at school. Let them share on their own terms.
  • Tell an adult if you have to. It’s important to have friends that trust you, but if a friend indicates they have thoughts or plans of hurting themselves or another person, have been hearing voices or seeing things that no one else can hear or see, or have any other signs and symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored then you need to tell an adult what is going on. That doesn’t make you a bad friend; it just means that the problem requires more help than you can give. If someone you know is in crisis and needs help urgently, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text 741741, go to your local Emergency Room or call 911.
Need to relax?

ULifeline - Are you able to discuss mental health?

This online resource center offers students information about emotional health issues and resources available to them. While geared toward the college campus, it's a great resource on emotional health.

Suicide Prevention Awareness

You are not alone in helping someone in crisis. There are many resources available to assess, treat and intervene. Crisis lines, counselors, intervention programs and more are available to you, as well as to the person experiencing the emotional crisis.


Love is Louder

Right now, physical distancing and staying safe is the way we show kindness and love to each other. Being apart doesn’t mean we are alone or disconnected. We can use this moment to be more connected than ever. 

The It Gets Better Project - Endless Stream of Inspiring Stories

The It Gets Better Project inspires people across the globe to share their stories and remind the next generation of LGBTQ+ youth that hope is out there, and it WILL GET BETTER.