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Social Emotional Learning: Greater Good Science Center [web resource]

greatergoodThe Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) is part of University of California at Berkeley’s  Institute of Human Development, which has been an organized research unit of UC Berkeley since 1927.  GGSC studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Read more »

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The Key to Effectively Treating Mental Illness: Eliminate the Stigma

faces psychologyIn the 1940s, it was cancer. In the ’80s, it was HIV. Today, the condition that’s battling pervasive social stigma is mental illness.

As with cancer and HIV in the past, the stigma comes at a high cost: millions of Americans go untreated because of misconceptions and shame. “Mental illness is much like cancer 75 years ago, because it’s scary and unpredictable. And because it’s still mysterious, people want to keep their distance,” says Stephen Hinshaw, PhD, vice chair for Psychology in UCSF’s Department of Psychiatry. Read more »

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention [web resource]

American Foundation for Suicide PreventionAmerican Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a national-scope not-for-profit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy.

AFSP raises awareness and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide by focusing on five key areas Read more »

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Ninety-Nine Tips for Talking With Your Teenager [downloadable]

parent and teenAdolescent Counseling Services teamed up with the Peninsula’s top mental health professionals to share their expertise on communication with teens.

Ninety-Nine Tips for Talking With Your Teenager is a free guidebook that  offers practical, concrete tips written by local therapists skilled in helping parents of young people ages eleven to nineteen years old. Read more »

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National Alliance on Mental Illness Santa Clara County: Services and Support [web resource]

NAMI logoThe National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe and persistent mental illnesses that affect the brain.

The mission of NAMI Santa Clara County is to help people with a lived experience of mental illness and families by providing support, education and advocacy; to promote research; to reduce stigma and discrimination in the community; and to improve services by working with mental health professionals and families. Read more »

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Removing the Stigma

anxiety eyesWhat does it feel like to have a child with mental illness?

“When our daughter was diagnosed with OCD and clinical depression at age 12, we discussed treatment options with the psychiatrist. At first, we were wary of medication, as most parents are. “If your child had type 1 diabetes, wouldn’t you give her insulin?” the doctor asked. “This is a disease—in fact it’s a life threatening disease. Medication is required. And so is regular therapy.”

And that was the beginning of our journey to understanding that our daughter has an illness, it needs to be treated, and she requires ongoing special care.” Read more »

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Screening for Depression in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide [downloadable]

uspstf_bnr_logo_colorMajor depressive disorder (MDD) is severe form of depression that lasts longer than two weeks and interferes with a person’s ability to function at home, at school, and interact with friends and family.

In February 2016, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 for major depressive disorder (MDD) “with adequate systems in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate follow-up.” Read more »

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation: Adolescents Should be Screened for Depression

depressed girlA federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 for depression and have systems in place either to diagnose, treat and monitor those who screen positive or to refer them to specialists who can. Read more »

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What Can Parents Do to Decrease the Risk of Suicide in Their Children?

sunset family silhouetteThere is no single cause of suicide — the act can arise from any combination of multiple factors — biological, environmental, psychological and situational. As a community, we agree that whatever can be done to mitigate these factors must be done; where we disagree, however, is where one might expect: What does “whatever can be done” entail?

Palo Alto psychiatrist Dr. Adam Strassberg provides suggestions to help us all “Keep Calm and Parent On” in an opinion article published in Palo Alto Online. Read more »

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Why Stanford Is Training Teens To Preach the Importance of Shut-Eye

alarm clockAccording to the CDC, as many as 70 percent of high school students do not get enough sleep.

For decades, information about the importance of sleep has been targeted at parents and school boards. But now, Stanford University’s Center for Sleep Sciences is attempting to tackle the issue by taking their message directly to teens. Read more »

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