The San Mateo County Office of Education provides a number of programs and services to districts to support student mental health and wellness.


School-Based Mental Health Collaboratives

SMCOE hosts regular meetings where school administrators, teachers, counselors, and other school staff can meet with each other and community providers to learn how to support students' mental health and well-being.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

In a concerted effort to create safer schools and communities, San Mateo Count’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) and Office of Education are working in partnership to deliver Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum to any adult working with or assisting young people, ages 12-24. The course focuses on how to help a young person who may be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. Participants will learn:

  • How to help youth in a crisis or non-crisis situation who is experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge
  • Unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents
  • The importance of early intervention
  • A 5-Step Action Plan

Parent Project

San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) offers the Parent Project to anyone who cares for a child or adolescent. It is a free, 11-week course that is offered in both English and Spanish, and it teaches parents and caregivers valuable parenting skills including appropriate ways to discipline; preventing or stopping alcohol, drug, and tobacco use; improving communication skills; and improving grades and school attendance. More information is available on the County of San Mateo Health System's website.


Suicide Prevention Protocol

Mary McGrath

Director, Safe and Supportive Schools


Phone: (650) 802-5425