Difficult times like this can take a terrible toll on mental and emotional health. Fortunately, our community has a number of resources available to provide support for those who are struggling.

How to cope with the holidays?

The Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness Department has some good advice for residents facing tough questions as the COVID-19 pandemic persists through the holidays. To learn more, check out these videos featuring Marriage and Family Therapist Suzanne Grimmesey: How to Cope During the Holidays: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACefozQVoOk, and How to say NO to holiday invitations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaJ1SSCGO68.

Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness

  • Anyone looking for community disaster/trauma mental health support can call (805) 886-5403
  • For the 24 Hour Crisis Response and Service Access Line, call (888) 868-1649.

Santa Barbara Community Wellness Team

This is a collection of numerous agencies and nonprofits who are offering a wide range of virtual mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

(805) 364-2750

Santa Barbara Response Network

Santa Barbara Response Network (SBRN) is a grassroots volunteer nonprofit dedicated to offering emotional support during disaster and trauma. SBRN offers support by phone, online and on social media in English and Spanish.

(805) 699-5608

Mental Wellness Center

The center has two phone lines set up for social and emotional support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fellowship Club will be offering social and emotional support via telephone at 805-845-3281. The Mental Wellness Center Family Advocate, Ramona Winner, is available for individual one-on-one support at (805) 884-8440 x3206.


Mental Health America

This organization offers a multitude of resources to help people cope emotionally with COVID-19.


We are making every effort to keep this information current and accurate despite the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact us if you have information to add or corrections to the information provided. Email socialmedia@ci.carpinteria.ca.us.