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Members of the SafeSpace Youth Advisory Board created, wrote, directed and produced a collection of videos entitled, “SafeSpace New Conversations.”  with the intent of challenging current media portrayals of mental illness as a hopeless condition and ask the question, “What would happen if we told the truth about our lives?”

The videos will be offered as a resource on various school websites, YouTube and on Safespace.org. You can view all the videos and supplemental materials online.

The videos tackle topics such as how to cope with challenges, work through feelings of loneliness and balance the multitude of pressures teens face today. They highlight the power of peer-to-peer support and seek to break the silence about mental health problems.

“It is tremendously inspiring to see these teenagers stepping forward to support one another’s efforts to achieve and maintain mental wellness,” said Joel Oberstar, M.D., a child, and adolescent psychiatrist and VP of Operations at Bay Area Clinical Associates, a SafeSpace Affiliate. “The youth involved and the entire SafeSpace team should be incredibly proud of these videos and the positive messages they convey.”

SafeSpace Center Inc. is a youth engagement organization dedicated to changing the way young people think about mental health issues. This video project was made possible by a grant from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Community Fund. SafeSpace utilized the filming and production services of Riekes Centers Media Services Department.

Photo of SafeSpace Teen Advisory Board Members courtesy of SafeSpace

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Spring workshops for teens and families at SafeSpace Community Engagement Center

SafeSpace Community Engagement Center (708 Oak Grove Ave, Menlo Park) offer these free workshops in May: Mindfulness and Meditation for Teens Class When: Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 pm (May 10, 17 & 24) These classes introduce young people, ages 12-26, to the basic skills of a mindfulness practice. Each lesson will help guide to a more […]

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New free workshops on teen meditation and mindfulness begin April 19

SafeSpace is please to announce free Teen Meditation and Mindfulness classes taught by Julie Brody starting this Thursday, April 19 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Ave.in Menlo Park. These weekly workshops run through May 24. Please register through Eventbrite.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Class offered on Feb. 24

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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 […]

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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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Teens & young adults invited to SafeSpace launch party on Sept. 16

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This Saturday, September 16, youth and young adults (12-26) are invited to the free SafeSpace Center Launch Party from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at 1162 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. There will be music, food, a selfie wall, a mural wall, and a raffle with lots of prizes (including an Apple watch). SafeSpace is […]

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