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Youth Services Counselor
Mike Leimbach

School Counselors
Sarah Hershey (A-K)

Christie Danner (L-Z)

support groups and crisis Hotlines

A crisis line is a service that provides free, confidential support and resources for people in emotional distress. The service is provided by a trained crisis counselor on the phone and in some cases by text and/or chat. You can call or text for help with someone you’re worried about or for yourself. 

Local 24-Hour Suicide Crisis Line

1-877-663-5433 (ONE LIFE)

Serving Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties for over 50 years


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Chat service and other information


Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741


Trevor Project

Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people
ages 13–24

Trevor Lifeline: Call 1-866-488-7386 TrevorText: Text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200 TrevorChat and other information and resources.

Disclaimer: The resources listed here are for informational purposes only. Although we do initially research the resources we mention, Scotts Valley High School does not endorse all their services or their opinions. We encourage you to make sure that any resource you choose to use provides services and counsel that are compatible with your own convictions and needs.

Social and Emotional

A variety of student support services are available including individual counseling, conflict resolution, alcohol/drug/tobacco prevention/intervention, family intervention meetings, loss and grief support, stress reduction training, test anxiety intervention, study skills/strategies, and AD(H)D strategies/counseling. Parents and students simply communicate with the school counselor to indicate what typed of help is needed.

Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Student Support Services Resource Directory

The purpose of this resource directory is to connect students and families to available community resources to meet the needs of all children from birth to college so that students can take full advantage of learning opportunities.

This resource guide is for community, nonprofit, government, and social service agencies that provide low­-cost, free, or sliding scale supportive services to children from birth to college. Entities must serve children, birth to college, in Santa Cruz County and enhance learning opportunities for student success.

CALL 211

211 in Santa Cruz County can help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more. Call today. Free. Confidential. Multilingual. Available 24/7.
substance abuse Help

In an effort to serve and support our students and families, a new Drug & Alcohol Program is being established at Scotts Valley High School. The course will be suggested for students caught using or in possession of drugs or alcohol on campus or at school functions. Additionally, the Program is open to students whose parents want their student to learn about addiction and its relationship to drugs and alcohol.

The Program format consists of eight one-hour after-school group education series in addition to an individualized substance abuse assessment and individual educational goal planning for each student. Groups meet once a week. Learning objectives are as follows: (1) understanding the fundamental concepts of abuse, addiction, and dependence and (2) awareness of the physical, emotional and social risks and consequences of using alcohol and drugs. The curriculum is designed to increase teens’ ability to make more informed choices as well as accurately self-assess their patterns of substance usage and the life problems they cause.

Mike Leimbach, the SVHS Youth Services Counselor will facilitate the Program. He can be reached via email.



How to Help a Friend

For information on how to help a friend from the National Alliance on Mental Health

The Teen Years

When you consider that the teen years are a period of intense growth, not only physically but also morally and intellectually, it's understandable that it's a time of confusion and upheaval for many families. I hope that we can all work together as a team (teachers, administrators, parents, and students) to make sure your student has a successful high school career. I plan on sharing with you interesting articles and research about the unique development of teenagers and the complex teenage/parent relationship. I hope these are helpful.

Three Magic Words

Huffington Post Article