The Wellness program will provide a range of resources and referrals to support students and their families in meeting the challenges of adolescence through prevention, early-intervention and education.


We are offering a Resource Specialist Line with CHOC Children’s Hospital to support parents seeking qualified and reputable professional mental health resources for their children. Parents and guardians of SM students seeking information about local mental health resources can schedule a call with our contracted resource specialist to get linked to available resources to meet a variety of student needs.

Call (657) 390-3835 or email Kristen.Megerian@choc.org (with “SMCHS Parent Inquiry” in the subject line) to schedule a phone appointment. This service is free to SM parents/guardians and confidential.

In your email include:
1) Preferred call back number
2) Availability
3) Main concern(s) that you have about your child's mental health

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Wellness at SM


If this is an emergency, dial 911
During School Hours: 7:15am – 3:45pm
Phone: 949-766-6084  Email:

Wellness referrals and emails will be read and addressed during normal school hours. If there is an urgent need for mental health services or support outside of school hours, please go to the nearest emergency room or contact the Orange County Warmline 24/7 at (714) 991-6412.


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If you need immediate assistance please utilize Text A Tip (949) 682-8847, the Orange County Warmline at (714) 991-6412 or in the event of an emergency dial 911.

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(949) 682-UTIP or (949) 682-8847

• Abuse / Bullying / Harassment
• Depression
• Drug Sales / Drug Use
• Fights/Pre-Fights
• Safety Concerns About a Friend
• Suspicious Activity
• Thefts
• Threats to Campus Safety
• Vandalism

The texts are reviewed by our Orange County Sheriff’s School Resource Officer and by school administration. Although these texts are confidential (identities will not be disclosed), they are not anonymous. Intentionally false or misleading texts are taken very seriously, and could result in school discipline or investigation by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

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TIPS reporting

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.

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."

Director of Wellness

Joy Cleary, LCSW, PPSC 
Joy Cleary brings a wealth of experience in school-based mental health services to SMCHS. She has developed and implemented many school-based Wellness Programs in Orange County and maintains a private practice in adolescent counseling. Ms. Cleary has an MSW from USC and a BS and BA from Santa Clara University. She will be collaborating with the Administration, the Counseling Department, Student Support Services Programs, the Mental Health and Wellness Task Force and Advisory Board, Challenge Success team, and Faculty/Staff to implement a comprehensive Wellness Program at SMCHS.

Wellness Coordinator

Susan Sansour,  LMFT
Susan Sansour has dedicated her career to serving the emotional and social needs of children, adolescents, and their families. She has provided mental health support services in non-profit outpatient, school, as well as residential settings.  Ms. Sansour has also provided clinical training and supervision for graduate students seeking a career in the mental health profession. She currently serves as the Wellness Coordinator for Santa Margarita High School offering support to students, resources for families, and collaborating on the development of Wellness services throughout campus.

Wellness Counselor

Karla Inzunza, MSW Karla Inzunza has worked as a public health social worker assisting adults and adolescents in diverse populations. She has provided educational groups, linkage to care, consultation to non-profit organizations, and has been involved in community coalitions; collaborating efforts to implement a more inclusive and integrated care system for adolescents. Her years as a social worker have been focused on prevention and whole person care. Ms. Inzunza currently works as a Wellness Counselor for SMCHS, providing supportive services to meet the various needs of students.

Wellness Counselor

Jennifer Reider, PPS, APCC 
Jennifer Reider has experience working in the middle school and high school setting to support the needs of students. She has her Masters in Educational and Clinical Counseling from Azusa Pacific University and her Bachelors from CSU, Long Beach. In her previous counseling roles, Ms. Reider has created and implemented SEL lessons in the classroom, organized small group meetings and led student ambassadors on campus to be of support to students struggling with anxiety and depression. She currently works as a Wellness Counselor for SMCHS, aiding in student support services on campus.

Multi-Tiered System of Support




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.