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SafeSpace is offering a Youth Mental Health First Aid class designed to teach parents, family members, and youth how to help a young person (aged 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge.

This one-day, eight-hour course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHD), and eating disorders.

The class takes place on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm at the SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. It will be taught by Nagres Dillon, LMFT, a certified instructor and highly-regarded Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Nagres serves as the Program Director for the Star Vista Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center.

The cost if $20; register through Eventbrite

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Changemakers: Dr. Marion Nestle and her favorite arugula salad (part 1)

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Editor’s note: Former chef and now Menlo Park stay-at-home mom, Andrea Potischman, is launching a new series on her blog Simmer and Sauce called Changemakers. We feature part one today, which has been edited for length, and will follow up with the recipe in part two. The post can be viewed in its entirety here. A […]

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SafeSpace offering mental health classes for teens & adults

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SafeSpace is offering Youth Mental Health First Aid classes open to the community on Saturday January 20 from 9:00-5:00 pm or Saturday, Feb. 24 from 9:00-5:00 pm at the SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Ave. Menlo Park. These classes are open to teens and adults. Register through Eventbrite; the cost is $20. This […]

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Michelle DeWolf’s aim is to get people to stick to their healthy New Year’s resolutions

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For Menlo Park resident Michelle DeWolf, what started as a volunteer project teaching cooking classes at Oak Knoll School  morphed first into cooking classes and party planning for kids and parents, and, more recently, health and wellness coaching. And it’s all under the umbrella of The Festive Table. “This is what I was born to […]

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“Anxiety and Depression in Teenagers” is topic of MPCSD Parent Education talk on Nov. 8

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Jacob Towery, MD, has observed an increase in depression and anxiety his own practice. Screen time, for example, has been negatively affecting teens’ sleep and attention. He offers parents concrete advice around modeling behavior and managing screen time. He is Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Stanford University Department of Psychiatry, and author of The Anti-Depressant Book: A […]

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Newest tool in Sheri Sobrato Brisson’s Digging Deep Project is mobile game, Shadow’s Edge

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We first interviewed Atherton resident Sheri Sobrato Brisson when she had just published her journaling book for ill children, Digging Deep, now out of print after 35,000 copies were distributed. We returned to talk to her about the just released, free mobile game, Shadow’s Edge, the latest Digging Deep Project tool.  “I was really forced […]

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Active Living Expo at Little House Aug. 21-26

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Little House (800 Middle Avenue) is hosting an Active Living Expo from August 21st to 26th. During that week, classes are available free of charge. Come experience fitness classes, art classes, cultural classes and technology classes. There is also a luau planned for Thursday August 25th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The complete schedule is […]

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Free Jazzercise classes in Menlo Park for young women during 2017

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Young women ages 16 to 21 are invited to take exercise classes at Menlo Park Jazzercise at no charge for the rest of 2017. Dubbed “GirlForce,” the program aims to empower young women by giving them a place to get fit, learn healthy habits, and find a place they belong in their communities, free of charge. […]

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Psychologists Lori and Tom Plante co-author book to help college students graduate with honor

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Menlo Park residents Lori and Tom Plante have enjoyed separate careers in the field of psychology, she as a clinician with a practice downtown and he as a member of the faculty at the Santa Clara University. Now they’ve come together to co-author a book that may prove helpful to parents of college-age or college-bound kids as well as college […]

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New Ronald McDonald House along Sand Hill Road previewed today

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The new Ronald McDonald House at Stanford (RMHS), consisting of a renovated house renamed Taube Family Center and a new building called the Arrillaga Family Center,  was previewed to the media with doors expected to open to families in June. The combined facilities will operate as one campus and will house 123 families every night, making it […]

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Ambassadors for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital hosts Lunch & Learn fundraiser on March 15

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The Ambassadors for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is hosting its 10th annual Lunch & Learn on March 15 at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club in Menlo Park. The keynote speaker is Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP,  who is the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, […]

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