As a Catholic school, we seek to empower students in all areas of their life-long learning
and understand the importance of nurturing not only the developing mind, but also the
body and spirit for overall wellness.

The California Bishops recently called upon all of us in the Catholic community to respond to their mental health call to action in Hope and Healing where they ask that our “outreach should be proactive rather than reactive.” In response to this call to action, national data showing an alarming increase in adolescent anxiety and depression, and to support our ongoing commitment to nurturing strength and resiliency for life both in and after high school, SMCHS is making mental health and wellness resources and support for our students a priority.
CHOC commends SM for investing in additional mental health support for their students, demonstrating a strong commitment to their health and well-being and a promise of a better future for our children."


What is mental health?

"Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community."

What is wellness?

"A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

TIPS reporting

SM is committed to providing a safe, healthy and secure learning environment for students and staff. TIPS is a web-based incident reporting and incident management platform that empowers students, parents, teachers, staff, administrators and community members to be heard and to anonymously report warning signs and trouble. The goal of TIPS is prevention and to help identify red flags before an incident occurs or escalates.


In line with our Caritas Christi charism, SM was a charter member of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common Campaign in 2018 and continues to turn to MCC for guidance with evidence-based school strategies and initiatives to build a caring and inclusive school community.

Mental Health Advisory Board

An external advisory board of local mental health professionals and advocates was developed in 2018 to share professional insights and fill knowledge gaps by:

  • Reviewing prevention and response protocols
  • Sharing trends, articles, research, resources and events
  • Advising on tactics for campus-wide initiatives
  • Connecting SM to local/regional groups and authorities as appropriate
  • Convening twice annually

School Climate Advisory Committee

This newly formed student advisory committee brings a diverse group of students to the table to advise administration on school culture and climate, and champion efforts to foster an inclusive, caring and respectful environment.

Mental Health and Wellness Task Force

An internal Mental Health and Wellness Task Force was developed to ensure representatives from all adult stakeholder groups at SM convene regularly to share their experiences with students and peers in order to identify needs as well as the strategies and initiatives to address them. The task force is comprised of representatives from each of the following groups:

  • Counseling
  • School psychologist
  • Campus ministry
  • Nurses office
  • Staff/faculty
  • Athletics
  • Arts
  • Parent liaison
  • Administration

Wellness Contact

Rebecca Wood or
Lisa Volpo
SMCHS Nursing
Email: deptofnursing@smhs.org
In case of an emergency
call 911


Crisis Hotlines

  • Crisis Text Line:
    Text HELLO to 741741

  • Teen Line Peer to Peer Support:
    Text TEEN to 839863 or call 1-800-852-8336
    (5 days/week (6:30–10:00PM)
  • NAMI OC Warm Line: 714-991-6412

Centralized Assessment Team (CAP)

1-866-830-6011 or

This team talks to kids and teens to see what type of help they need, which could include going to an inpatient psychiatric hospital to keep them safe.

Suicide Prevention

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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Mental Health

Physical Health



Grief & Loss


Mobile Apps

Disordered Eating


Substance Abuse

SAMSA provides referrals to local mental health and/or substance abuse treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations:

Self Injury

Bullying & Cyberspace

College Transition




Parenting in a Digital World

Local Resources


These lists and tips are meant to be a resource for families researching providers and are not an endorsement of their services. SMCHS is not responsible for the content of or service provided by any of these referrals.

We are incredibly grateful to our friends at CHOC, Our Lady Queen of Angels Mental Health Ministry, St. Ignatius College Preparatory and the Making Caring Common Project for their continued guidance and counsel as we develop stronger mental health and wellness resources and support at SM.