Family Communication - Talk to Your Kids

  • Listen to your child when they talk.

  • Set time aside some time to chat when your child may have your undivided attention. Turn off the television, turn off your cell phone, turn off the computer.

  • Be available for your child and be sure they know you are listening.

  • Encourage them to talk while playing a game, eating dinner or riding in the car.

  • If your children watch TV, watch with them and discuss what you are watching.

  • Ask your children about tobacco and alcohol.

  • Share your experiences and create a non-judgmental environment.

  • Encourage respect and non-violent behavior at home and at school.

  • Discuss how to handle difficult situations at school.

  • Offer to help them find solutions when they have problems.

  • Tell your child that you will help them whenever they need it.

Local Resources

Ventura County Behavioral Health
Mental health & substance use treatment services
Countywide – All Ages
Call Toll-free • Confidential • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • Crisis and Referral Line
  • Early Detection & Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis 

211 Ventura County
Free service connecting people to health and human services in the community
Countywide – All Ages
Call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211

Clinicas del Camino Real
Healthcare, including mental health services
Oxnard, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ventura – All Ages
(866) 885-7900

Support and resources, including youth shelter and housing referrals
Countywide – Children & Youth
805) 485-6114

Kids & Families Together 
For children and their families, including kinship and foster caregivers
Countywide – Children & Youth
(805) 643-1446

Logrando Bienestar
Mental health screenings 
Countywide – All Ages
805) 973-5220

Project Esperanza
Family classes & activities
Santa Paula & Fillmore – Youth
(805) 276-7671

United Parents
Local support and referrals for parents
Countywide – Youth
(805) 384-1555

Ventura County SELPA
Helping your child succeed at school
(805) 437-1560