Reflections on “Teens and Mental Health: A Community Wide Discussion”

It’s been about two months since Teens and Mental Health: A Community Wide Discussion, and recently, reminders of the occasion have been coming up. As school has become increasingly hectic, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the event and the lessons it taught.  The event emphasized the need for inclusive conversations about teen mental health between a wide range of individuals. The Homestead High School Mental Health and Awareness Club (MHAC) members who spoke at the event, have been putting this […]

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Teens and Mental Health: A Community-Wide Discussion

Teen mental health is a conversation that takes place on many levels. Teens talk to each other about what they observe, and parents talk to other parents to make sense of what their children experience. Clinicians advise both students and parents based on their training. Yet very few conversations about the topic include people from all levels. These are the conversations in which teens, parents, and clinicians can work together to identify problems, find support, and promote positive well-being. Without such discussions, it is easy […]

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Leading the Push Towards a Sustainable Future

Sunnyvale has long been a leader. As the city with the first female mayor, the first fruit cannery in the country, and the creator of the first video game (Pong), it seems only natural that it took charge to mitigate the effects of climate change in its community and set an example for other cities. With the Climate Action Plan (CAP) 1.0, adopted in 2014, Sunnyvale took steps to evaluate current threats to the environment, including wildfires, decreased supply of fresh water, and rising sea […]

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