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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)

“We’re all in this together”: Supporting adolescent mental wellness  

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.

The Psychology of Technology: Connecting With the Always On Generation


Holly Pedersen, PhD, MFT, My Digital Tat2

Erica Pelavin, LCSW, PhD, My Digital Tat2

Moderator: Vicki Harrison, MSW, Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing

How is Your Child Doing? From Warning Signs to Resiliency


Ramsey Khasho, PsyD, Director of the Center/Director of Clinical Services at Sand Hill School, Children’s Health Council

Christine Tam, LCSW, On-Campus Counseling Program, Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS)

Moderator: Anne Ehresman, MSW Executive Director, Project Cornerstone/YMCA Silicon Valley

What to Do When Your Friend is in Crisis


Meredith McGarvey, MS, LMFT, Family Service Agency of Marin

Liam Day, Peer Health Exchange

Laura Champion, Uplift Family Services

Moderator: Elizabeth Li, UC Berkeley Student

Talking with Families and Parents About Mental Health Concerns


Jenee Littrell, San Mateo County Office of Education

Susan Charles, EdD, Santa Clara University

Gerry Larvey, NAMI Santa Clara

Moderator: Gail Price, Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board