About Us

The Student Mental Wellness website was started in 2016 as a way to make it easier for families with a struggling teen to connect with resources and support.  It is not easy to ask for help when your child is suffering from depression, anxiety, substance abuse, etc. This can be an isolating time for a family and parents can feel a lot of shame not having the answers. You are not alone. We encourage you to reach out for support.

  • View the Calendar to find support groups, speakers, activities and events around mental health and substance abuse.
  • Read personal stories written by parents who are willing to share their journey.
  • Under Resources, find articles, links to websites, helpful books nd more on parenting tweens and teens.

This year with the support of several local organizations, parents and individuals, we have begun to open the discussion with the Student Mental Wellness Community Coalition. We have launched a new weekly SPOT parent support group.

The views expressed by our website contributors and parent mentors are those of the individuals and should not take the place of professional advice. All information and links to resources should be evaluated as to its appropriateness for your family and then discussed with professionals.

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Contributors & Community Partners

Rachael Ross Steidl

Rachael Ross Steidl is the owner of Steidl Consulting as well as the founder and former publisher of the ParentClick Network. She consults in digital marketing as well as focusing on developing programming and support around student mental health. Rachael recently launched the STUDENTMENTALWELLNESS.com website to support and connect families with struggling teens. She is the mother of 3 teenagers and a Santa Barbara native. Rachael has a M.A. in Clinical Psychology. Prior to becoming a mother, her work experience as an MFCC intern included working with youth in group homes, co-facilitating addiction groups and providing one on one counseling. She is currently advocating for more support for families who have students struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues. She was inspired to create an online resource after several years of trying to get comprehensive support for her own daughter. 805.448.2426.


The Family Advocates at the Mental Wellness Center provide support and guidance to family members of those with a relative with a mental health need. Family Advocates are available to meet one to one offering support and resource information to individual family members. Family Advocates also facilitate weekly support groups in English and Spanish, distribute educational materials, and make referrals to local resources.


If you or a friend or family member need help with a substance abuse problem, the Council On Alcoholism and Drug Abuse knowledgeable and professional staff is available to answer any questions you have and provide assistance or referral as needed. The Daniel Bryant Youth & Family Treatment Center provides safe, effective outpatient treatment for young people ages 12-18 who are struggling with alcohol and other drug problems.

Twelve35 Teen Center

The Santa Barbara Police Activities League (PAL) strives to build positive mentoring relationships between teens, the police department, and members of the community through educational, athletic, and leadership development programs.