2016 Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference: “Breaking Down Stigma, Building Support for Youth Mental Health"
August 5-6, 2016
South San Francisco Conference Center
(South San Francisco, CA)
Throughout the conference, held from August 5 through 6 at the South San Francisco Conference Center, attendees were charged to work as a team to help break the stigma affiliated with mental health. Christopher G. Dawes, chief executive officer of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health, said that the topic of mental health is all too often “the elephant in the room” and applauded the nearly 400 attendees who came together to open up discussion around it. Attendees, including clinicians, policymakers, educators, parents and students from local high schools and colleges, shared their diverse perspectives on the topic of mental health issues among young people in order to collectively identify gaps in resources and work to find potential solutions.