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Mental health clinic for youth coming to Menlo Park

Original post made on Oct 12, 2016

Three local women who have parented children with mental illnesses, including one who lost a daughter to death by suicide, have banded together to do something locally to help everyone's children who are in a similar situation.

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Posted by Can't come soon enough
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 12, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Thank you for setting this up. It's needed more than most people realize. Last night my son, distraught, showed me a video of a friend who'd moved away from this area, saying 'goodbye, he was sorry, hoped everyone would forgive him'. Friend then went on to crash his car, while unknowingly still connected to another friend - she heard the crash and the horn. The frantic messages of my son, friends and family to find out whether he was alive or dead, have me in a state of shock right now. They called 911, police found him and took him to hospital, where he is alive, but injured. I didn't know what to do, how do kids deal with this kind of situation? They need help.

Posted by Mary
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Oct 12, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Thank you for your efforts in spearheading such an important project.

Posted by Cecilia Montalvo
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 12, 2016 at 1:48 pm

I cannot thank these three women enough for what they are doing. The absence of mental health services for adolescents in this area is a crisis. Families who have been through heart wrenching experiences with the children they love so much have no where to go. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

Posted by Mom
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Oct 13, 2016 at 10:13 am

This made my day! Thank you for bring awareness and support to our teens. My son went thought depression last year and we felt alone in finding him help.

Posted by Way to Go
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 13, 2016 at 10:28 am

Way to go to these founders and mothers that have banded together to help our youth community! Hope we can remove the ridiculous stigma that goes along with any mental illness. It's just the same as any physical illness and should be treated as seriously!!

Posted by Paula
a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2016 at 11:04 am

Hello, I'm so sorry for yours and any of your interested readers lose! This is Clinic is much needed. My daughters are older now but in school I approached the principal, counselors at the school and the mother of the teen who was bullying my daughtet. I received no help that whole year and it very much affected my daughter even today. That year of her depression, ostricized sadness and fear at her school was awful for her.
As a provider of Traditional Chinese Medicine for 13 years now I happen to see depression in varied degrees in many of my patients. It's quite well addressed and healed with lifestyle changes and new strength acquired from within, truly mind, body, spirit, with Acupuncture and herbs. A 5000 year old medicine that addresses the EMOTIONS our society is too busy to listen too.And the result of our society not listening to our young kids, my children and your children is pain, suffering, aloneness and suicide. There are long range affects on our happiness, our motivation and our strength when we can't move out of the box of depression and live freer.
I applaud these women I wish I'd had more help from society when my girls were teens being a single mother.
People listening and simply letting others speak about problems can help them feel not alone, it's so easy to listen and it's as if a bit of the problem is less intensified when we do.

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