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ADHD Support Groups and Meetings     


The Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Branch of C.H.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with ADHD) Hosts monthly support group meetings for anyone affected by the challenges of Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to share resources and get support. The Parent Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and Adults with ADHD meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. All meetings are from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Dr., Aptos, California. CONTACT: Judy Brenis, jbbrenis@comcast.net 831.684.0590 or visit the web site. Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Dr., Aptos, California.

ADDitude - A resource for up-to-date information and guidance


Since 1998, millions of parents and adults have trusted ADDitude's expert guidance and support for living better with ADHD and its related mental health conditions. Our mission is to be your trusted advisor, an unwavering source of understanding and guidance along the path to wellness.

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists


A referral service to locate a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Santa Cruz County. An on-call therapist will return the call. Not an emergency service. It can refer you to bilingual services. 429-7786.

Camp Opportunity


A 6-day camping experience for children ages 8-10 who have been referred by social workers from Family & Children's Services. There is no charge to the camper. He/she is covered by insurance from the time he/she is picked up until he/she is returned. 1-800-750-2267 

County Mental Health (child and adolescent mental health)


Bilingual services are available. The Access Team is available 24 hours a day for Santa Cruz County residents to access hospitalization in a psychiatric crisis. Based on the results of an assessment, the team’s care managers will link individuals and their families to the most appropriate services available. Individuals meeting the System of Care criteria (i.e., having trouble with serious and persistent mental illnesses) are referred to one of several coordinated care treatment terms based in Santa Cruz or Watsonville. 831-454-4170, 1430 Freedom Blvd. Watsonville, CA 95076, 1080 Emeline Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Family and Friends of Alcoholics and Addicts   


The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

Family Service Agency of the Central Coast


Offering general, couples, family, and group counseling for all ages, and stages of life. Sliding fee scale/Medi-Cal/Medicare. LGBTQ inclusive, open to all. Bilingual receptionist Mon - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Santa Cruz and Soquel. Bilingual services offered. Phone: 831-423-9444, Fax: 831-423-1532. 104 Walnut Ave., Suite 208, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 & 2901 Park Ave, Suite A3, Soquel, CA 95073

Family Support and Well-being


Encompass is a nonprofit organization with about 40 programs county-wide providing services in behavioral health, family and social well-being, early childhood education, housing, and more. We touch hundreds of lives in the community each year by providing access to:


  • Housing
  • Counseling for individuals, families, and youth
  • Substance use recovery programs
  • Head Start and Pre-K
  • Reentry services
  • Health and financial services

Hospice of Santa Cruz County


Bereavement support groups for adults and children, general hospice, and death/dying support. Bilingual services are available. Open M-F 8am-5pm.. 831.430.3000. 


For Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking


Monarch provides advocacy and support to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Monarch also provides prevention education in classrooms and community settings. Prevention education is geared toward creating awareness around healthy relationships, communication, affirmative consent, being an active bystander, and understanding the dynamics of human trafficking.

233 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076; 1509 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Mountain Community Resources


A free weekly program for parents and their children birth to 2 years of age. Come play with your children and encourage their healthy growth and development while gathering information and skills to support your growth as a parent. 

6134 Highway 9 Felton, CA 95018 

National Alliance on Mental Illness


NAMI Santa Cruz County offers support and classes for families of children with mental illness and for young adults who have a mental illness. Our website lists local resources, support groups, peer and parent education classes, and community events. We offer classes in the fall and spring that teach families the basic information necessary to take the best care possible of their child, their family, and themselves. The class covers the impact that mental illness has on the child living with the illness and the entire family; and provides tools to use even after completing the program that will assist in making the best decisions possible for the care of the child. For more information visit our website or call (831) 427-8020. 

Old Sashmill, 303 Potrero, Bldg 42, Suite 103, Santa Cruz. 

523-B Capitola Ave., Capitola, CA 95010.

Queer Youth Task Force


The Queer Youth Task Force (QYTF) is comprised of individuals and organizations that work with or support, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) youth.  We strive to improve the quality of life for all LGBTIQ youth in our community, as well as children raised in homes where LGBTIQ people live. (831) 427-4004 

Rainbow Counseling


Counseling offered on a sliding scale fee for LGBT youth and their family and friends. 

104 Walnut Ave., Suite 208 Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Shine a Light Counseling Center


We are a 501(c)3 non-profit counseling center in Santa Cruz & Los Gatos, California. Our goal is to provide high quality yet affordable psychotherapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups. We provide services on a sliding scale, meaning that our fees are based upon your income. 

305 Soquel Ave. Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95062; 

315 Los Gatos Saratoga Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95030.


The Lotus Collaborative


The Lotus Collaborative is a holistic health and recovery center for eating disorders. We specializing in eating, weight, exercise, and nutrition concerns including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, orthorexia, and compulsive exercising. We provide partial hospitalization services, intensive outpatient services, free eating disorder support groups, family therapy, nutritional counseling, and transitional living. Our Free Support Groups are open to anyone in the community struggling with an eating disorder, as well as those supporting a loved one who is struggling. We serve teens (14+) and adults — female, male and transgender from Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Jose, and San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. More information about our free support groups can be found on our website.

701 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; 1610 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123.