Below is a list of resources that I have found to be very helpful. This list will be updated on a regular basis. If you have resources you would like to see listed here, please email


California Department of Mental Health

National Institute of Mental Health on Depression

Mayo Clinic

Australia’s Public Awareness Campaign about Depression

Santa Barbara Resources and Care for Depression
Cottage Hospital
Cottage Helpline- to speak with a volunteer, paraprofessional crisis counselor,
open 24-hrs, at:

Santa Barbara: (805) 692-4011, Santa Maria: (805) 928-5818,
Santa Ynez Valley: (805) 688-1905, Lompoc: (805) 734-2711,
or Toll Free elsewhere: 1-800-400-1572

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Inpatient Psychiatric Unit
20-bed unit provides voluntary, short-term inpatient treatment for adults 18 years of age and older with acute psychiatric problems.

Santa Barbara County Mental Health Services
Recovery Road Medical Center
Provides intensive outpatient treatment for depression and other mental health conditions

Sanctuary Psychiatric Center

Residential mental health treatment facilities and psychiatric care, as well as outpatient mental health programs.

Counseling and Health Providers

Community Counseling and Education Center of Santa Barbara
New Beginnings Counseling Center -low cost counseling clinic offers individual, couples, family, and group counseling services.

324 East Carrillo Street, Suite C
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 963-7777

Santa Barbara Health Source
Santa Barbara Health Source is a resource for health information and a directory of integrative health professionals and services in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara Marriage and Family Therapists

Support and other Educational Resources

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Santa Barbara Chapter

DBSA Santa Barbara meets Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 pm, 2034 De La Vina Street

Contact 1: Bob Quinn
Phone: (805) 696-5372
Contact 2: Tina Jougla
Additional Phone: (805) 566-9492 or

Depression Treatment and Research Center
Dedicated to providing current high quality information about depression to professionals and the public

Glendon Association
Suicide Prevention and Education
Santa Barbara Postpartum Education For Parents

PEP (Postpartum Education for Parents), a group of trained parent volunteers, offers numerous programs to help parents and families thrive with their new children. Warmline: 805-564-3888

Hospice of Santa Barbara

Provides care to anyone experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness, or grieving the death of a loved one.

Health and Wellness

Local resources that have helped me become more present and maintain wellness.
Yoga Soup
A beautiful, friendly, and warm yoga studio in Santa Barbara

Yoga Soup
28 Parker Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 805-965-8811 Santa Barbara Meditation Groups

MomsinMotion – a global network connecting moms through fitness, fun and philanthropy

Santa Barbara Meditation Resources

WiseBrain – bringing you skillful means for happiness, love, effectiveness, and wisdom – from the fertile common ground of psychology, neurology, and contemplative practice.
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Mental Health Fair

Survivor Stride
A National run/walk event celebrating survival from an illness or life changing experience. October 11-12th, 2008
go to, to register