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Wellness and Mental Health


Improving the health, well-being and academic success of our students.

Bring Change to Mind
Meets every other Monday in room 3602
Bring Change to Mind is a student-led club dedicated to mental health conversations.  It gives teens a platform to share their voices and raise awareness around mental health. Our goal is to empower students to educate one another, and their communities, and to create a culture of peer support within their schools. Together, we’ll fight the stigma around mental illness.

Meets every Tuesday in room 2106

SAGA (Sexual and Gender Acceptance) Club
(Formerly GTSA: Gay Trans Straight Alliance)

Meets every Friday in room 3201

NHS Link Crew
Link Crew is a nationwide peer mentoring program that helps students transition from their 8th grade year to their freshman year of high school, beginning with freshman orientation in August. At freshman orientation, each incoming freshman is automatically placed in a “Crew” of ten students with two upperclassmen “Link Leaders.”  These “Link Crews” spend the day together at freshman orientation, and then meet periodically throughout the year for social and academic follow-ups.  Novato High’s Link Crew began recruiting its first cohort of leaders in the spring of 2014, and has continued to grow ever since!

Bay Area Community Resources
Counseling Clinic (415) 444-5580
BACR: Marin Counseling Clinic

North Marin Community Services (NMCS)
Counseling (415) 892-1643 x239 (Se habla Espanol)
NMCS Counseling and Therapy Services
Novato Resource Guide for Mental Health Resources

Novato Teen Clinic
Monday, 1:30- 5pm drop-in (415) 985-5012 (call or text)

Marin Community Clinic
(415) 448-1500

Center for Domestic Peace
C4DP: Teens and Young Adults
Marin Youth Services
Relationships exist on a spectrum, from healthy to unhealthy to abusive — and everywhere in between. It can be hard to determine where your relationship falls, especially if you haven’t dated a lot.

C4DP can help:

  • Figure out if what’s going on in a relationship (whether talking, hanging out, or hooking up) is healthy or not.
  • Connect with others who are dealing with similar issues.
  • Make a safety plan and talk about options.
  • Get emergency shelter and/or legal protection.

How? Call or text our youth services phone line 415-526-2557, M-F, 9am-5pm
Also, peer advocates are available for assistance and support 24 hours a day. Seven days a week from the National Dating Abuse Hotline.
Learn more about C4DP’s youth advocacy work of Marin Against Youth Abuse (MAYA) by clicking here!

North Bay Suicide Prevention
Call (415) 499-1100  (available 24 hours)

Marin Crisis Stabilization Unit
(415) 499-6666 (available 24 hours)
250 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae, CA 94904

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-8255; Spanish Language phone line at 1-888-628-9454
Available 24/7

Trevor Lifeline
A crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service
Available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386

Trans Lifeline
Created and staffed by transgender people, the Trans Lifeline is for any transgender person in crisis.

Crisis Text Line
Text HELLO to 741741

The Spahr Center
Spahr Center: Youth Drop-in Groups
LGBTQ Youth Drop-in Groups (Novato, 1st and 3rd Weds, 5- 6:30)
Groupo de Acogida Juvenil (San Rafael, 2nd and 4th Weds, 5- 6:30)

Gender Spectrum- Resources for Teens
Know Your Rights: A Guide for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students

Love is Respect
loveisrespect’s purpose is to engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.

CHAT: 24/7/365
CALL: 1.866.331.9474 (Se habla Espanol); TTY: 1.866.331.8453

Healthy LGBTQ Relationships

Love is Respect
loveisrespect’s purpose is to engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.

CHAT: 24/7/365
CALL: 1.866.331.9474 (Se habla Espanol); TTY: 1.866.331.8453

Healthy Relationships
Healthy LGBTQ Relationships

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Know Your IX
Founded in 2013, Know Your IX is a survivor- and youth-led project of Advocates for Youth that aims to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools. We envision a world in which all students can pursue their civil right to educations free from violence and harassment. We recognize that gender violence is both a cause of inequity and a consequence of it, and we believe that women, transgender, and gender non-conforming students will not have equality in education or opportunity until the violence ends. We draw upon the civil rights law Title IX as an alternative to the criminal legal system — one that is more just and responsive to the educational, emotional, financial, and stigmatic harms of violence.

To Write Love on Her Arms
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

Stop, Breathe, & Think
SBT is an emotional wellness platform that teaches meditation and mindfulness. Our mission is to help kids, teens and young adults build the emotional strength to tackle life’s ups and downs.

Download in the Apple Store of Google Play store (free)

The app provides opportunities for users to try out a variety of mindfulness practices, while also teaching them interesting facts about the brain science behind those practices.

Download in the Apple Store of Google Play store (free)

My3 App
MY3 lets you stay connected if/when you are having thoughts of suicide. With MY3, you define your network and your plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide.

Download in the Apple Store of Google Play store (free)

Calm Harm
The urge to self-harm is like a wave.
It feels the most powerful when you start wanting to do it.

Learn to ride the wave with the free Calm Harm app using these activities, which incorporate the basic principles of an evidence-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).:
Comfort, Distract, Express Yourself, Release, Random and Breathe.
When you ride the wave, the urge to self-harm will fade.

Download in the Apple Store of Google Play store (free) Save

Supporting Childrens Mental Health Tips for Parents and Educators

Novato High School PTSA
The top priority for parents is their children’s well-being. Research has proven that students do better when their parents are involved both at home and at school. One simple way for you to help your child succeed is to join PTSA!
PTSA helps parents, students, school staff and the community work together on programs and activities that benefit children.

The Spahr Center
Parent Support Groups
The LGBTQ and Gender Expansive Parent Support Group is a great resource for parents, as well as caregivers, to talk about parenting LGBTQ and/or Gender-expansive children and teens. A safe, sensitive space for parents and caregivers to receive support while they explore what is going on with the children in their lives, their own thoughts and feelings, and how to best support their children. Facilitated by Janna Barkin, parent and author of He’s Always Been My Son.

This group meets monthly; on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, unless otherwise noted. Please check our calendar for location.
The Spahr Center: Events Calendar

The Spahr Center Resources:
A Guide for Parents of Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth
Gender Spectrum: Parenting and Family

Love is Respect
loveisrespect’s purpose is to engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.

A Parent’s Guide to Teen Dating Violence

Self-Injury and Recovery Research and Resources
This website is part of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery and summarizes our work, and provides links and resources to self injury information.

Not That Weird- Bring Change to Mind

Stop, Breathe, & Think

Need help?  Reach out!

Who is your counselor?

Marie McMahon

Oscar Galdamez

Debbie Hagan

Nonie Reyes

Anna McGee

Marta Posada


G-L (se habla español)

M-P (se habla español)

P-Z (se habla español)

AVID and NBI students

Newcomers (se habla español)

More Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Crisis Text Line

North Bay Suicide Prevention Hotline

California State Suicide Prevention Website

The Trevor Project

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Novato Police Department Lip Sync Challenge

Warning: This video depicts a variety of people in crisis situations and discusses topics such as suicide, depression, and PTS. It is not your typical Lip Sync Challenge. It may be disturbing for some viewers.

Dear Viewer,

Over the past month, there have been some amazing videos posted by law enforcement agencies around the country in response to the law enforcement lip sync challenge.

We concluded we could never top the many entertaining videos already made, so after some careful thought, we decided to use the challenge and platform to create awareness about mental health, suicide prevention, and Post Traumatic Stress. Our video will feature the song 1-800-273-8255 by Logic. The lyrics speak to many of our daily encounters where we try to preserve the lives of those in crisis. If we can save one person or encourage someone out there to seek help, making this video will be worth it. Mental illness has no stereotype. Suicide affects everyone, including the first responder community where suicide kills more first responders than any other cause.

Hope is alive, and help is a call away – National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255.

Anxiety and Depression in Teens

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