Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference: Building Healthy Connections and Fostering Belonging

In light of the uncertainties and risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to postpone the Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference, originally planned for July 30 – 31, 2020, until spring 2021. We will post the new date and further details here once they are available.

Santa Clara Convention Center
Main Meeting Room: Mission City Ballroom
5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054

This conference will bring together a diverse audience—including policymakers, educators, clinicians, youth and families—to understand how we can best overcome cultural barriers to access in supporting the mental health needs of children, adolescents and young adults.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, the Stanford Department of Psychiatry’s Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, and the Stanford Department of Pediatrics Division of Adolescent Medicine invite you to join us as we bring together experts and ideas from across the country to help address child and adolescent mental health issues among communities throughout the Bay Area.

Join us in highlighting and exploring integrated, innovative, and preventive approaches for supporting the mental health needs of children and adolescents.
Who should attend:

  • Teens and young adults
  • Families/caregivers
  • Middle and high school teachers, counselors, and administrators 
  • Pediatricians, mental health clinicians and trainees
  • Policymakers
  • Law enforcement

Featured speakers include:

  • Alex Briscoe, the California Children’s Trust
  • Marlon Morgan, Executive Director, Wellness Together
  • Jeremiah Aja, Assistant Director, Wellness Together
  • Denise Clark-Pope, Senior Lecturer, Stanford University Graduate School of Education, Cofounder of Challenge Success
  • Kathy Forward, NAMI Santa Clara County
  • Bonnie Halpern-Fisher, Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University; Founder and Executive Director, Tobacco Prevention Toolkit and the Cannabis Awareness and Prevention Toolkit.
  • Donnovan Somera Yisrael, Senior Health Educator, Stanford University Vaden Health Center
  • Elijah Thornburg, Undergraduate and Peer Consultant, Colorado College
  • April Torres, Manager of Mental Health Services, San Mateo Union High School District
    …and many more!

Examples of planned session topics by audience track:

Plenary Session: Teen Vaping: Confronting the E-cigarettes Epidemic
Family Track: Supporting Transitioning Teens
Youth Track: How to Talk to a Parent or Friend About Seeking Help
Clinical Track: Providing Gender Inclusive Care
Law Enforcement Track: Violence Prevention: Safety Online and at School
Policy Track: Generating a Policy Response to Children’s Changing Mental Health Needs
Educator Track: Creating a Culture of Wellness: Supporting Student Mental Health