You may be surprised to learn that there are mental health services in Santa Barbara that are free.
Mental Health Access Team
The Access Team is part of Santa Barbara county’s Division of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services. They offer 24-hour crisis support that is focused primarily on adults. To reach 24-hour support for a mental health emergency: 800-868-1649
SAFTY (Safe Alternatives for Treating Youth)
For children (under 21 years-old) who are experiencing a mental health emergency in Santa Barbara county. SAFTY provides crisis intervention for suicide, self-harm, running away, family conflict and much more. Available 24-hours: 888-334-2777
Family Service Agency provides counseling in 28 elementary schools, as well as some junior and senior high schools.
Mental Health Family Advocate
The family advocate at the Mental Wellness Center is available to families (without charge) to help them find community resources for their loved ones and to help them navigate the County system. 805-884-8440 ext. 105.
Hospice of Santa Barbara provides counseling, at no charge, for those facing the end of life or grieving the death of a loved one. 805-563-8820
More Resources with Free, or Low Cost, Services
Transitions Mental Health Association
Domestic Violence Solutions
Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter
Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center
PEP – Postpartum Education for Parents