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Congresswoman Speier to Host Discussion about Youth Perspectives on Mental Health

November 4, 2019
Press Release

San Mateo, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) will host a panel discussion about mental health issues impacting students on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 at Hillsdale Little Theater in San Mateo. “Learning to Listen – Youth Perspectives on Mental Health” will feature students, school administrators and mental health professionals and will focus on solutions and available resources in San Mateo County.

“This event was motivated by my district interns who shared their personal accounts about their mental wellbeing,” Rep. Speier said. “Studies echo their reasons for concern. Twelve percent of youth in California reported at least one major episode last year. In San Mateo County, we have some of the highest rates of students who are admitted to hospitals for mental health related issues. This panel discussion is designed to reassure students that they are not alone and that we, as adults, are listening.”

Rep. Speier will be joined by Vivian Valdez, Senior at Hillsdale High School; Fennel Schubert, Freshman at City College; April Torres, Manager of Mental Health Services at San Mateo Union High School District; Michelle Levine, Principal and Former Director of Counseling at St. Ignatius College Preparatory; and Dr. Shashank V. Joshi, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Professor at Stanford University.


What:        
Panel Discussion: Learning to Listen – Youth Perspectives on Mental Health

Who:         
Congresswoman Speier
Vivian Valdez, Senior at Hillsdale High School
Fennel Schubert, Freshman at City College
April Torres, Manager of Mental Health Services at San Mateo Union High School District
Michelle Levine, Principal and Former Director of Counseling at St. Ignatius College Preparatory
Dr. Shashank V. Joshi, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Professor at Stanford University

When:        
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
6-7 p.m. resource tables
7-8 p.m. panel discussion

Where:     
Hillsdale High School, Little Theater
3115 Del Monte St.
San Mateo, CA 94403


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