Free online resources to build resilience and manage stress

Explore these topics to find the tools that work best for you and your family!

Happiness & Gratitude

“An Experiment in Gratitude” from The Science of Happiness podcast

Feeling gratitude can help boost your happiness, social connectedness and well-being. Try some of these tips to cultivate gratitude in your everyday life: Learn more at the Greater Good Science Center

Healthiest Self


Each person’s “healthiest self” is different. Explore these resources to improve your well-being in ways that best fit your needs and everyday life:

Learn more at the Wellness Society

Mindfulness Apps


Smartphone apps can provide valuable support for managing stress and anxiety. The apps here offer free content that doesn’t expire and has been independently reviewed on One Mind’s Psyber Guide.

Mindful meditations for teens, adults and children with parental guidance.

Mindful games and activities for children 5-10 years old.

Activities to overcome everyday challenges and stress for children 2-5 years old.
Meditation and emotional wellbeing activities for teens, adults, and children with parental guidance.

Many of these apps also offer subscriptions for paid content. HCA is not responsible for any fees or expenses incurred by usage of these apps or their paid content.

Glossary of App Terms
General App Information and Safety

You are not Alone

“Know The Signs” from CalMHSA and MHSA (Proposition 63)

If you’ve struggled with or lost a loved one to suicide, support is available 24/7:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1–800–273–8255 (English)
1–888–628–9454 (Spanish)

Teen Line
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Off hours covered by the Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Trevor LifeLine for LGBTIQ youth

Korean Crisis Line
4:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. daily

Crisis Text for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People
Text HEARME to 839863

To learn more about suicide prevention, go to SuicideIsPreventable.org to learn the signs, find the words and reach out.


Building Children’s Resilience and Coping Skills *FREE*

Resilience helps kids “bounce back,” to persist even when it’s not easy. Learn skills to help build your child’s resilience through the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program®, FREE for a limited time through the OC Health Care Agency.


Reducing Children’s Stress During Challenge or Change

Like adults, many children feel stress during times of change or challenge. Although created for the COVID-19 pandemic, these tips can help you and your child cope with a range of other stressors:

Stress Relief Playbook (CA Surgeon General)
Mindful Breathing Videos (CHOC Children’s)

“The Secret to a Happy Family” from The Science of Happiness podcast

App for Students


This FREE interactive app can help you manage stress, increase resilience, offer support and provide a welcoming virtual community.

Videos are tailored for elementary, middle and high school students and come with downloadable supplemental workbooks.

Get started at Apple Store or Google Play. If you’re under age 13, be sure to ask your parent first.

To use via desktop click here.

These resources and apps are not intended to replace services provided by a mental health practitioner.
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