Mental Health & Wellness

At Portola, our learners' mental health and well-being is our main priority. With that said, we encourage our learners who have concerns about their own mental health or the mental health of their friends to seek help! Inform a trusted adult on campus as soon as possible, and do not wait until the end of the day!


If it is after school hours, please do not email your counselor or teacher about your concern. Instead, please contact Irvine Police Department immediately!


Inform Dispatch about the name of the student you are concerned about. Your call is anonymous. The police will go visit the student and provide support. You can follow up with your school counselor the next day about your call to the Police.


On-Campus Mental Health Support


Counselors, Mental Health Specialist, Project Success, School Psychologist or School Resource Officer (SRO)


Off-Campus Support/Resources


Source: IUSD Prevention & Intervention Community Mental Health Resources Brochure (Revised 9/20/17)


*IUSD does not endorse or recommend these organizations. They are listed as they provide a community service.





Community Resources


Service Description Contact
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 service available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 1 (800) 273-TALK  (8255)
Irvine Family Resource Center Short-term, solution-focused individual and family therapy, resource linkage and referrals, and parent education/support groups to IUSD families K-12


Hoag Community Mental Health Psychotherapy, psychoeducation, case management, psychiatric services, and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to uninsured and underinsured OC families. Can provide services in English, Spanish, or Farsi (949) 764-6542
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center-Santa Ana Crisis line, outreach and survivor support services for family members of a person who committed suicide. (714) 547-0855
Children and Youth Services (CYS)-South Region Outpatient mental health clinic providing individual, group and family therapy, medication support, crisis intervention, family education and case management.Cost: Sliding scale fee (714) 850-8408
Mariposa Women & Family Center Individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, substance abuse counseling, and support groups to OC residents. Cost: Sliding scale fee

Orange: (714) 547-6494

San Juan Capistrano: (949) 429-6888

The Turning Point for Families-Santa Ana Individual and group counseling, specializes in anger management and domestic violence. Cost: $40 intake fee; sliding scale fee (714) 547-8111
Western Youth Services Mental and behavioral health counseling, addiction, advocacy, support and housing. Cost: Sliding Scale Fee (714) 378-2620

Hotlines & Online Resources


Service Description Contact
California Youth Crisis Line 24/7 hotline for any teen struggling or in crisis 1 (800) 843-5200
Crisis Text Line 24/7 support via text message for any mental health concerns Text START to  741741
The Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ) 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone or chat service Call or text TREVOR to 1 (866) 488-7386
Orange County Suicide Prevention/Crisis Line Confidential 24-hour telephone counseling to individuals contemplating, threatening, or attempting suicide. 877-7CRISIS (877-727-4747)
The OC Warm Line Non-crisis, caring support for anyone struggling with emotional/mental health challenges. (877) 910-WARM (877-910-9276)
Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis 24/7, 7 days a week (714) 957-2737
211 & OC Links Information & Referral Service Free 24 hr information and referral line linking to thousands of local health and human service programs in the OC. 2-1-1 | 855-OCLINKS (888-625-4657)
National Institute of Mental Health (NAMI) Helpline and family resources and groups for those affected by mental illness. 1 (800) 950-NAMI (Helpline)
Reach Out Information and support service for young adults facing tough times and struggling with mental health issues. 1 (800) 448-3000
Walk in Our Shoes Mental health education N/A
My3app Suicide prevention app for iPhone & Android

Suicide & Crisis Services


Service Description Contact
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 service available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)
Centralized Assessment Team (CAT) Suicide assessment of children and referral linkage to families.
Cost: Insurance coverage or out-of-pocket fees may incur
(866) 830-6011
Irvine Police Department N/A (949) 724-7000

Services for LGBTQIA


Service Description Contact
The Center OC Individual, group, and family therapy to Orange
County residents.
Cost: Sliding scale fee
(714) 953-5428
Trevor Project Crisis & suicide intervention through chat and text. (866) 488-7386
OC Accept Free individual, family counseling, and support
(714) 517-6100

Culturally Centered Services


Service Description Contact
Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community
Alliance (OCAPICA)
Individual counseling and wraparound support in-home.
Also offers services in all Asian languages. Available to
all; do not need to be Asian heritage to receive services
(714) 636-9095
Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies
Counseling services, education, and outreach to
address mental health needs of low-income families. MECCA
Korean Community Services | (714) 527-6561
OMID (Farsi speaking) | (949) 502-4721
OC Chinese Community Services | (949) 375-4959
Vietnamese Community of OC | (714) 558-6009
(714) 202-4750
Catholic Charities Individual and group counseling to all.
Cost: $25-$50
(714) 347-9680

Shelters in Orange County


Service Description Contact
Community Service Programs (CSP) Teen Shelter Short-term, crisis intervention to homeless,
runaway, and at-risk youth in OC. Emergency shelter, 24 hour
supervision, individual, group, and family counseling.
Laguna Beach: (949) 494-4311 | Huntington Beach: (714) 842-6600
Casa Youth Shelter Short-term and long-term placement programs to
provide basic needs for youth and individual, group, and
family counseling.
(800) 914-CASA (800-914-2272)
Laurel House Temporary housing and care for teen girls (12-17)
who are runaways or at risk for homelessness because of
volatile family situations. Need willingness and participation
from both teen and parents. Need to call to initiate intake
process to determine eligibility and suitability to program.
(714) 832-0207

Intensive Mental Health Services


Service Description Contact
UCI Adolescent Mental Health Address mental health needs of students with insurance coverage. (714) 456-5902
Mission Hospital Intensive outpatient program (dual diagnosis) for ages 14-17 affected by substance abuse and psychological problems. Laguna Beach: (949) 499-1311 | Mission Viejo: (949) 364-1400

Substance Abuse Resources


Outpatient Services
Service Description Contact
Breakaway Health Adult and adolescent outpatient treatment for chemical dependency and drug screening services. (714) 957-8229
The Gary Center: Substance Abuse Counseling Systems (SACS) Community programs, emergency crisis counseling, drug and mental health counseling, primary care, dental and other behavioral and medical services. (714) 542-0400
Inpatient Services
Service Description Contact
Phoenix House Adolescent inpatient drug residential and mental health treatment facility. Cost: Sliding scale fee (800) 251-0921
Touchstones Outpatient and residential drug/alcohol treatment program for ages 12-22. Cost: Sliding scale fee (866) 395-1680
Support Groups
Service Description Contact
Alcoholics Anonymous Group meetings for individuals of different ages and genders battling alcohol related concerns. (714) 556-4555
Al-Anon / Alateen Group meetings and resources for young people and adults of different ages and genders whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. (714) 748-1113

Housing Resources


Service Description Contact
Families Forward Help families achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through housing, food, counseling, education, and other support services to OC families. (949) 552-2727
FOR Families Information, referral services, and short-term support for anyone living or working in Irvine needing assistance with services and resources. Cost: Free for Irvine residents; $25 for non-residents (949) 724-6650
Project Hope Alliance Education and support for homeless families. (714) 796-8737

Legal Resources


Service Description Contact
Community Services Programs (CSP) Victim Services Domestic and family violence, child dependency services, sexual assault and victim advocacy. (949) 250-0488

Parenting Resources


Service Description Contact
Children’s Support and Parenting Program (CSPP) Psychoeducation groups for parents and caregivers
with school-aged children.
(714) 480-4678
The Prevention Center Parenting programs including parenting workshops, helping kids cope through divorce, and parenting resources. (714) 543-4333




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