We’re in This Together

Half of us will deal with some type of challenge to our emotional wellness over the course of our lifetime, but many of us already face serious challenges every day. First 5 San Joaquin is here to connect parents with community support, resources, and tools that will not only benefit you, but your entire family. We want you to know that you don’t have to go through tough times alone. We’re here for you — we’re all in this together.

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If things don’t go as planned or when life has very stressful moments, try not to be so hard on yourself. Being kind to yourself is a form of self-care.

Support is here for you. Support is here for you.

Reaching out for help can be a bit scary, but it’s usually the first step to helping you heal and grow. It’s not easy, we know that, but you have support systems in your community and it’s important to use them. There are resources locally with staff who understand, and most importantly will support without judgement.

Need Help Now?

Call 1-209-468-9370 to access the San Joaquin County Behavioral Services 24/7 Helpline. Talk one-on-one with someone and get confidential support.

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Whatever you’re facing, from emotional health to basic needs like food or housing, 2-1-1 operators can help connect you with resources and services that meet your needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Building Your Support System

It’s important to build a support system around you. It can be a family member, friend or other trusted person in your community that you can reach out to. Having a good support system and talking to people you can trust are very helpful in successfully understanding and addressing your own emotional wellbeing. Need a place to start? Here are some local support services you can access today:


Focus on self-care. Do something you love even if it’s just for five minutes. It can help you get through the hard times and also enjoy good the ones.

First 5 San Joaquin offers home visiting services to help you navigate some of the challenges of being a parent in today’s world. All home visiting services are FREE and offered in the comfort of your own home and are currently being offered virtually.


San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services has a range of programs from support groups to inpatient services. Plus, they offer services in a variety of languages. Call 1-888-468-9370 or 209-468-9370 to access the 24/7 Helpline.


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Joaquin County is a self-help support and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of families. Visit the NAMI website for information on Family Support Groups, Peer Support Groups, and more.


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Relaxation exercises like taking a few deep breathes when your washing your hands can be a time of meditation and a quick way to reduce stress.

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Routines for you and your family can help keep structure and reduce stress. Routines can also free up time to help you with self-care like going for a walk.

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Take a short walk around the block or do a few squats when your brushing your teeth. Exercising can help improve your health and help with stress too.

Don’t Forget About You

Your emotional wellbeing is important not only for you, but for your entire family. When you make your emotional well-being a priority, it can allow you to focus on your child’s emotional well-being as well and can help set them up for success.

Stress Can Affect Children Too

Some may think that because children can’t understand how tough life can be that it won’t affect them. This is not always true. Children can often sense when life is difficult, or when their parent or caregiver is stressed. It’s important to pay close attention to them and try to lend extra support. Learn more about how you can be there to support your child’s emotional wellness.