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.

When you send an email, it may be helpful to include the following information so the CHOC mental health social worker can provide timely and focused information to you.

  • Preferred call back number
  • Availability
  • Main concern(s) that you have about your child's mental health


CHOC and OC Department of Education Resources


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.


referral list

OC Referrals List with Private Practice Resources

Download List


Reach out to a
Speak UP! ambassador


If you need immediate assistance please utilize Text A Tip (949) 682-8847, the Orange County Warmline at (714) 991-6142 or in the event of an emergency dial 911.

Visit the Speak UP! webpage for information.

Parent Performances
Speak UP! parent performances for sophomores and junior/senior parents and students will be held in the evening on November 3. 


We're Better Together BLOG

(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.

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."

Suicide Prevention

Director of Wellness

Joy Cleary, LCSW, PPSC brings a wealth of experience in school-based mental health services to SMCHS. Ms. Cleary has developed and implemented many school-based Wellness Programs in Orange County and maintains a private practice in adolescent counseling.  Joy 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, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) Susan has dedicated her career to serving the emotional and social needs of children, adolescents, and their families.  Susan has provided mental health support services in non-profit outpatient, school, as well as residential settings.  She has also provided clinical training and supervision for graduate students seeking a career in the mental health profession.  Susan 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

Jessica McHonett, M.Ed. holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Chapman University and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in school counseling from Northern Arizona University. Jessica has worked as a college admissions counselor, teacher, alumni relations coordinator, and as a Director of College Counseling, supporting students and families in college guidance, social-emotional learning, and parent education workshops. Jessica has presented at regional and national conferences on a number of issues, including college prep curriculum, wellness in student transitions to college, and other academic and wellness topics

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.