Parents, educators, mental health professionals, and interested community members are invited to learn about adolescent mental health and addiction, and where to find support when problems arise, at the “Parenting Teens Through the Challenges of Life” Conference at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park, on Saturday, February 28 from 9:00 a. to 3:30 pm.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that 11% of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18 and 8% an anxiety disorder and that most adolescents will experience some form of depression or anxiety at some point.
The conference, a first of its kind at MPPC, will also host exhibitors and offer a healing prayer service. Breakout sessions will discuss topics such as depression and anxiety, mental illness, substance abuse, harmful behaviors, families in pain, learning differences, and sexuality, among others.
“This conference is in direct response to what families in our own community are dealing with and the complex environment facing adolescents today,” says Monte Fisher, Director of Care & Recovery at MPPC. “Our church wants to be a place where our local teens are understood, supported, and loved.”
Keynote speakers include Philippe Rey, Executive Director of Adolescent Counseling Services in Palo Alto, and Amy Simpson, award-winning author of Troubled Minds and Anxious. Welcoming remarks will be made by John Ortberg, Senior Pastor at MPPC.
To register, please visit mppc.org/parentingteens. The cost to attend is $25; scholarships are available. Lunch is included in the conference fee. Childcare for children ages three months to 5th grade will be provided.