Mental Health is essential; our neighbors deserve pathways and opportunities to thrive.  Homelessness, neglect, malnutrition, and violence have long been known to cause toxic stress levels in childhood that harm developing brains and bodies. We understand that young children, pre-teens, teens, and young adults are navigating an increasingly complex world. It is important to prioritize mental health and wellness.

We understand that the Tenderloin can add to the toxic stress people experience. We are particularly concerned about our children, youth, teens, and Transitional Age Youth. Here are some additional resources:

Resources for Parents, Caregivers, and Adult Allies

After School Program with Behavior Health Programs

TAY Resources

  • Larkin St. Youth Center has a wellness program to help young people manage overall mental wellbeing. Specific services include: drop-in, check-ins, individual therapy, and psychoeducation groups. Young people can self-refer by emailing
  • BAART Programs provides individual counseling.  Their counselors work to help people achieve their specific goals. These individual sessions help with coping with change, making good choices, and dealing with tough times. They specialize in working with people in recovery.

For more guidance check out our Youth Resource Guide‘s Health & Wellness section.

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Here are 5 things that you can do to boost your mental health:

  • Try to relax and reduce stress.
  • Find ways to learn and be creative.
  • Spend time in nature.
  • Connect with others.
  • Look after your physical health.
  • Try to improve your sleep.