Wellness in the Community

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StarVista*, the San Mateo Union High School District and the San Mateo County Office of Education present...

Teen Mental Health Panel: Navigating the Tides of Adolescence
Monday, February 29, 2016
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Hillsdale High School, 3115 Del Monte Street, San Mateo

The event will be simultaneously interpreted in Spanish and Mandarin.
Seating is limited.

"Navigating the Tides of Adolescence" is a panel discussion on the challenges facing our teens today, including stress, mental health, and wellness. The panel will be moderated by Rachael Myrow of KQED. Panelists include Dr. Steven Adelsheim, Stanford child psychiatrist and Director of Community Partnerships at the Stanford School of Medicine; Gunn High School parent Kathleen Blanchard; and Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of the highly acclaimed book, "How to Raise an Adult," and former freshman dean at Stanford University.

Click here for the flyer for the event.



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Bay Area Parent Support Group
for Parents of Challenging Teens & Young Adults

  • Tuesday, February 24, 7-9 PM
  • Sunday, March 1, 1-3 PM

At a private home in Noe Valley, SF
Contact 415-341-3018 or lisaeltinge@aol.com 

Is Your Teen?

  • Using and abusing drugs and alcohol
  • Cutting him/herself
  • Choosing a negative peer group
  • Refusing school and/or homework
  • Electronics addicted
  • Struggling with a diagnosis such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, anger control, eating disorder, etc.

If so, Join Us!

  • Together, we can exchange stories, offer advice, hope & understanding
  • A support group can help with normal feelings such as:
    anger, fatigue, being overwhelmed, shame, failure, hopelessness, jealousy, guilt, fear, marital tension and concern for siblings
  • We leave feeling more prepared to take care of ourselves & our family

Facilitated by Alicia Goldman LCSW & Sharon Epel LMFT

  • Alicia Goldman LCSW has over 20 years of experience working with families, and 6 years as an Educational Consultant. She has worked in hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, schools, and private practice as a therapist.

    “Alicia distills things down into wonderfully simple points. She has a wealth of resources to offer.”

  • Sharon Epel LMFT counsels parents, couples, families, teens and individuals in her private practice in San Francisco, and has also worked extensively with teens in clinic and school settings.

    • “Sharon is a gifted leader, has tremendous compassion, inspires a positive outlook & you will feel her wanting to guide you.” 

Contact 415-341-3018 or lisaeltinge@aol.com with any questions or to RSVP.

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Girl Talk - Teen Monologue Series (Live)

Sunday, September 28, 2014
2 to 4 p.m.
The Roxie Theatre
3117 16th Street in San Francisco

Come listen to a collection of true stories about real teens struggling with tough issues surrounding self-esteem. Hear powerful teen stories about real-life struggles with friendships, peer pressure and anxiety and how these teens learned to cope. Presented by Dr. Carol, Teen Advocate: Youth, Culture and Self-esteem Expert. Click here to purchase tickets. To learn more about this event and Dr. Carol's book, Girl Talk: Boys, Bullies, and Body Image please click here.

Promoting Healthy Body Image in Children and Teens

Thursday, February 27, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Smith Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI)
555 Mission Bay Boulevard South, San Francisco, CA

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital invites you to explore the many ways in which adults (parents, educators, mentors, and clinicians) can support and positively impact the development of a healthy body image in children and adolescents.

Guest speakers Andrea K. Garber, PhD, RD and Daniel Le Grange, PhD will address the emotional and physical consequences of the societal pressures young people face to conform to standards of attractiveness and beauty. With an emphasize on health and wellness, our experts will also discuss how to recognize and treat eating disorders. This evening will conclude with Q&A, so please do bring your questions. 

Space is limited so please click here to register. 

How Mindfulness Can Transform Our World 

Thich Nhat Hanh has spent decades exploring the power of the present moment to nourish oneself and others. In the present moment alone, he teaches, can we let go of ideas that lead to suffering, rest and renew ourselves, and discover the many conditions of happiness that are already here before us.

Click here for access to a free online event with Thich Nhat Hanh, recorded on October 26, 2013.

5 Ways To Bring Mindfulness Into Everyday Life

How taking a shower, brushing your teeth, washing the dishes, commuting to work, and waiting in line can actually improve your life. Click here for more...