Mental Health Support Services

Gonzales High School’s Mental Health Support Services provides a safe and supportive environment in the school setting where students can discuss a variety of topics in a confidential, nonjudgmental space staffed by supportive staff dedicated to improve the health, well-being and educational outcomes of all students. Students have access to both on-campus and community resources, Gonzales students can receive social-emotional support, counseling and be referred to other support services to maximize student engagement and success. 

Students can receive:

  • One-on-one support

  • Check-in, check-out services

  • Connection to community resources

  • Social emotional support

    • self-awareness

    • self-management

    • social awareness

    • Responsible decision making

    • relationship building

  • *Advocate for your mental health!

Octavio Leon, LCSW, PPSC

  • Social Worker / Social Emotional Support

  • Gonzales High School

  • Gonzales Unified School District

Wellness Wednesday:

  • is a student-led, confidential, support group that meets every other Wednesday during lunch to discuss mental health topics and other topics

  • In room 52 @GHS


Wellness Wednesdays


  • Monterey County Behavioral Health

  • La Gloria Elementary

  • Fairview Middle School

  • Gonzales High School

  • The Services to Education Team provides mental health services to students who have an IEP and to students in general education classes. They provide individual therapy, conduct risk assessments/safety plan, consult with families and school staff, coordinate referrals, and link students/families to local services and community resources. They facilitate an open office hour weekly to support our GUSD students, families, and school staff.

  • 951-B Blanco Circle

  • Salinas, CA 93901

  • Main: 831-755-4500

Andrea Barajas 

  • School Psychologist

  • Gonzales Unified School District

  • Gonzales High School