Stress Management - Post-Disaster Resources

Cottage Health - Managing Personal Stress in Times of Crisis

The impact of the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslides will endure for some time and a wide range of information and services will be needed.

This Resource Includes the Following:

  1. Support and recovery services
  2. Educational resources on disaster, trauma, and recovery as well as community preparation, training, and response
  3. Low-cost counseling centers for immediate and/or ongoing counseling and support, and
  4. Local and national crisis numbers and resources.

Emergency Response and Relief Information for Montecito and Santa Barbara

The Chamber of Santa Barbara Region -

Educational Resources on Coping with Disaster

Learning about the impact of a disaster on emotional well-being is extremely helpful. Many responses are normal and to be expected. How we manage those responses can help or hinder recovery.

National Association of School Psychologists – Handouts for Teachers, Parents, Professionals -

NASP – Care for the Caregiver Resources -

NASP - Resources for parents are translated to Spanish and many other languages -

Helping Children & Youth


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Disaster Mental Health

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Resources for Training in Psychological First Aid & Community Disaster Response

Online training, manuals, and guidebooks; Psychological First Aid, Psychological First Aid for Schools, Skills for Psychological Recovery -

For professionals delivering services: Guidelines in Spanish -

Videos & Podcasts

En Español: APA Video on Coping with Natural Disasters -

How to Talk to Children about Trauma and Crisis: Suzanne Grimmesey, Santa Barbara Department of Behavioral Wellness -

Drs. Diana Hill and Debbie Sorenson Podcast called Psychologists Off the Clock, talk about posttraumatic growth. Dr. Hill is a Santa Barbara psychologist. -

Counseling & Ongoing Support

If you are concerned about your well-being or the welfare of a friend or family member of any age and would like counseling or other emotional wellness services and would like ongoing support, please contact a local mental/emotional/behavioral health provider.

Pro Bono & Reduced Fees

List of pro bono and reduced fee services and educational resources. -

Low Cost Counseling Agencies

Community Counseling Center, Santa Barbara
923 Olive Street
Sliding Scale
Bilingual: Spanish

Department of Behavioral Wellness
888-868-1649 (available 24/7)
300 North San Antonio Road
Sliding scale, MediCal
Bilingual: Spanish

Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara
123 W. Gutierrez Street
Sliding Scale
Bilingual: Spanish

Family Therapy Institute
111 E Arrellaga St Santa Barbara

Hosford Counseling & Psychological Services Clinic
1151 Education Building, University of California
Provides individual, couple, and family therapy for people of all ages affected by the recent tragedies in the Santa Barbara community. Counseling and psychotherapy services are offered on a sliding scale.

Hospice of Santa Barbara
2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 100 Santa Barbara
Services in English and Spanish

New Beginnings Counseling Center
324 East Carrillo St., Suite C, Santa Barbara
Sliding Scale Starting at $13

Pacific Pride Foundation
805-963-3636, ext. 103
LGBTQ Programs & Services
608 Anacapa Street, Suite A, Santa Barbara
Sliding Scale

If you are out of the area, and would like to seek mental health services at your location, you may find information on mental/emotional/behavioral health resources by going to the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) and using additional links to find providers in your area.

Crisis & Referral Resources

For Anyone

Emergency Personnel: 24 hours, 7days a week: Call 9-1-1

For People Age 21 and Over: Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness Crisis Response & Service Access Line
24 hours, 7-days a week - 1-888-868-1649

For People Age 20 and Younger: Safe Alternatives for Treatment of Youth (SAFTY): 1-888-334-2777

For Assessment and Potential Hospitalization: Emergency Psychiatric Services at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, 24 hours, 7 days a week

For Anyone: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

For Suicide Prevention/Education
The Glendon Association

For Psychological First Aid Following a Traumatic Event or Death
Santa Barbara Response Network

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text. Anonymous and confidential. and

Here’s How it Works:

  • Text START to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.
  • A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.
  • The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.
  • Also this group analyzes the data gathered from texts to understand when and how crises occur

Virtual Hope Box

  • This is an app that can be downloaded to a smart phone. The VHB provides help with emotional regulation and coping with stress via personalized supportive audio, video, pictures, games, mindfulness exercises, positive messages and activity planning, inspirational quotes, coping statements, and other tools.

Services For UCSB Students Only

  • UCSB Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Phone: 805-893-4411
  • After-hours CAPS Crisis Line – Call 805-893-4411 and wait on the line to be connected to a crisis counselor

Helpful Apps for Relaxation or Meditation

Helpful apps for relaxation or meditation

Click the link below for a list of apps that offer guided meditation and relaxation resources. 

See the List