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Thursday: Forum on teen substance abuse

 

The well-adjusted teenager. A rare specimen?

In its ongoing efforts to develop more of them, Adolescent Counseling Services, which staffs the mental health counseling offices at Menlo-Atherton High School, will host a free forum Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at M-A.

The topic: teen drugs and alcohol use, including indicators to look for and methods for family discussion.

"Teen substance use has changed since (today's) parents were kids," Philippe Rey, the executive director of ACS, said in a statement. "This forum will enhance the understanding of current teen usage, increase awareness of the types of substances teens are using, discuss the signs to look for, and address talking openly as a family about drug and alcohol use."

A series of talks under the heading "Breaking the Stigma" began in June 2009 following the first of several teen suicides, the statement said.

On the panel for this discussion will be Connie Mayer, ACS director of outpatient counseling services; Veronica Foster of the Community Health Awareness Council of Mountain View; and Amy Shull, a program manager of the Insights Program at the San Carlos-based nonprofit StarVista, formerly known as Youth and Family Enrichment Services. Mr. Rey will moderate.

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