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Personal Counseling Services & Referrals

Maintaining good health, including mental and emotional health, is an important part of being successful in school. While GVHS is not a clinical setting and our staff members do not make diagnoses, our guidance staff is here to support all aspects of our students' lives. With that in mind, we provide the following services and referrals.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.

On Campus Services

Grade-Level Counselors: Having a bad day? The regularly-assigned, general counselors at GVHS are here to help students through tough times. We are happy to listen, do conflict resolution and help students problem-solve. All GVHS counselors are available for appointments and have some walk-in availability. If students are having a hard time getting through the day and need immediate assistance, all they have to do is report to the Guidance Tech counter and they will be seen by an available staff member.


School Health Manager: Like the general counseling staff, the School Health Manager is here to assist students who are struggling. In addition, she runs multi-session counseling groups that focus on specific areas of need, like grief, stress management and peer acceptance. In these counseling groups students find a safe place where they can feel the support of others who are facing similar challenges. Students interested in group or individual services with the School Health Manager should see their grade-level counselor for a referral.


Sierra Vista Clinical Provider (paperwork/parent permission required): This agency-based counselor brings her services directly to students at GVHS. Her services are more clinical in nature, and are designed to address problems that may require more time to work through. She serves special populations and other students in need.

Off Campus/Community Based Services

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Merced County Department of Mental Health: This agency provides a variety of treatment and support options, including alcohol and drug services. Services are available for residents of all ages. Visit the website or see your grade-level counselor for contact information or to obtain services.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: NAMI is for anyone concerned about or affected by mental illness. Those diagnosed as well as their families and friends are welcome to learn more and find support and resources through this group.

Local Service Providers: This reference sheet (2015 pdf) lists a variety of local agencies and private providers offering services of various types.

Hotlines and Web-Based Services

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211.org: 2-1-1 is a confidential service designed to connect people with resources in their local area. They provide links to assistance with personal crisis/emergency, housing and food, health/mental health, and even job placement. These services are also available by phone, by dialing 2-1-1. 24/7. All languages. Completely confidential.

The Nine Line/Covenant House: Need to talk? It's free and available 24/7, online or by phone. 1-800-999-9999 or www.nineline.org. The Covenant House specializes in helping the homeless and anyone in crisis.

Valley Crisis Center: This organization provides support and recovery services for victims of domestic and sexual violence, and their families. They also provide information and support related to teen dating abuse and human trafficking. Prevention and education materials are available. 24-hour hotline: (209)722-4357.

DoSomething.org: "Do Something" offers a collection of hotlines in one place. Please visit the website if dealing with depression/suicidal thoughts, domestic violence/child abuse, runaway, and general crisis.

Crisis Text Line: If you are in crisis, Text START to 741-741 to begin a text conversation with someone trained in a variety of issues like bullying, family problems, anxiety, LGBTQ issues, self-harm, relationship problems, and much more. The services are anonymous and confidential.

California Smokers Hotline: Call or visit the website for FREE help to quit smoking or chewing tobacco. 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887) or www.nobutts.org.

Break The Cycle! Learn about healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, how to recognize dating abuse or violence, and how to help yourself or a friend. Visit breakthecycle.org for more info, or loveisrespect.org to chat with a peer advocate, 24/7/365.