In recognition of Suicide Awareness Month, we’ll take a look at the challenges facing the mental wellness of local youth, and what we might be able to do to help.
Suicide poses a public health risk for people of all ages and backgrounds in San Mateo County residents. It is the second-leading cause of death for youth—and at a higher rate than the state average.
Our guests from the San Mateo County Office of Education and StarVista will share the issues, and some steps toward a hopeful future.
- Challenges Facing the Mental Wellness of SMC Youth
- Supports in Place for Schools and Communities
- What we can all do to lift the voices of our youth
MOLLY HENRICKS is the Coordinator of School Safety and Risk Prevention at the County office of Education. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 17 years of experience working with youth. She has been a Case Manager for youth with issues surrounding substance use and the foster care system and a crisis counselor at a High School. She has managed county-wide homeless programs for youth, Crisis Services and an Early Psychosis Program. Currently, she is working for the San Mateo County Office of Education providing support in Suicide Prevention, Social Emotional Learning, School Safety, Student Threat Assessment and Mental Health Supports for all school districts.
BROOK POLLARD is the Program Coordinator for StarVista's Youth Stabilization, Opportunity, and Support Team (part of the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center). She receives her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California, with a specialization of helping youth and families that were experiencing severe mental illness. Through her work with youth, families, and acute mental illness, Brook has developed a passion for de-stigmatizing mental health and accessing services.
* StarVista Crisis Center's 24/7 Crisis Hotline offers support for for all ages. Phone 650-579-0350. *