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Saturday: Conference on youth health and addiction

 

The community is invited to learn about adolescent mental health and addiction, and where to find help, at the "Parenting Teens through the Challenges of Life" conference on Saturday, Feb. 28, at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park.

During the conference, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., breakout sessions will held on such topics as depression and anxiety, mental illness, substance abuse, families in pain, and sexuality.

"The conference is in direct response to what families in our community are dealing with and the complex environment facing adolescents today," says Monte Fisher, director of care and recovery at the church. "Our church wants to be a place where our teens are understood, supported and loved."

Keynote speakers will be Phillippe Rey, executive director of Adolescent Counseling Services in Palo Alto, and Amy Simpson, author of "Troubled Minds" and "Anxious." Pastor John Ortberg will make welcoming remarks.

Visit mppc.org/parentingteens to register. Cost is $25. Lunch is included. Childcare will be provided for children, from ages 3 months to those in the fifth grade.

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