Resources for LGBT Teens

An interview with TeenVogue Magazine and Steve Mehdelsohn of the Trevor Project According to the Trevor Project, a young person contemplates suicide every 95 minutes. Beyond that, LGB youth are four times as likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers, and LGBTQ youth are eight times more likely to attempt it if they’ve been thrown […]

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Audrie’s Law – Stricter Laws for Cyberbulling

After the devastating suicide of Audrie Pott in September 2012, a week after she drank too much vodka-laced Gatorade at a house party, passed out and woke up to find crude messages scribbled on her half naked body. Facebook messages she sent out looking for answers the next week suggested she knew photos had been taken […]

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Sexual Assualt and Online Bullying Turn Deadly for One Saratoga Teen Girl

A unesscesary tragedy occurred September 10, 2012, when 15 yr old Saratoga High School student Audrie Pott took her own life after suffering sexual assault and online humiliation at the hands of her attackers. Her parents had no knowledge of the assault on their 15-year-old daughter at the time she took her life but learned […]

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Palo Alto Students Report Better Mental Health

Article from Palo Alto Weekly By: Chris Kenrick Palo Alto youth are emotionally healthier than they were two years ago, according to newly released data from the California Healthy Kids Survey. The percentage of ninth- and 11th-graders who said they had seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months dropped from 18 percent to 11 […]

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From the Inside-Life As An ACS Intern

By: Ildiko Ran On-Campus Counseling Program Intern at Menlo-Atherton High School “I feel so much better that I got all that off my chest. I can go back to class now” – said one of my clients after a session when she unloaded the overwhelming stress that surrounds her everyday life. She keeps up the […]

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Facebook

On Tuesday, December 13, 2011, Facebook announced their latest service that uses social media to provide crisis support for those  contemplating suicide or posting indicators that they may hurt themselves or someone else.  Adolescent Counseling Services is pleased to see that Facebook has partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and […]

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Author Julie K. Hersh

Upcoming Event – Protecting Mental Health in a Hectic World

Join Adolescent Counseling Services tomorrow, Friday, April 1, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. for a discussion with Julie K. Hersh, author of the book Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope.  Recently awarded the Mental Health America Ruth Altschuler Community Advocate Prism Award and selected as one of the 2010 Distinguished Women by Northwood University, Julie […]

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Preventing Teen Suicide: Know the Risk Factors and Warning Signs

The following information appears courtesy of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Department of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Services: What You Can Do: Talk to your child about suicide. Don’t be afraid; you will not be “putting ideas into their heads.” Asking for help is the single skill that will protect your child. Help […]

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Monday, October 4, 2010: Recent Teen Mental Health and Substance Abuse News

Better Screening Urged for Self-Injury in Teens “Not all kids who intentionally cut or burn themselves meet ‘classic profile,’ expert says.” Click here to read the rest of this article from HealthDay News. Community Works to Address Mental Health Issues “Caltrain officials have joined with local organizations and support groups to address the five young […]

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010: Recent Teen Mental Health and Substance Abuse News

Teen Substance Abuse News The dangers of huffing: “Warning for parents after teen’s huffing-related death“ An Idaho teen dies after huffing freeon acquired from an air conditioning unit. Read more about this story and the dangers of huffing by clicking here to visit the KTVB website. Talking to your teens about drug use: “Q. Did […]

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