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November 2014
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e-newsletter: helping teenagers find their way.

Message from Executive Director

Dear Friend,


In the past three weeks, our mid-peninsula community lost three young members to suicide. All our thoughts and prayers are with their parents and families as well as with their friends and school communities. 

We take mental and emotional health seriously which is why we have an experienced team equipped to handle a wide range of issues. In times of crisis and tragedy, ACS heightens its presence on-campus at our partner schools to make sure students, parents, and staff have the support they need. We mobilize our entire clinical staff and interns to make sure all students who need help are seen. Whether it's dispatching staff and interns to the site in crisis, or providing assessments through our After-School Counseling Program during extended hours, we make the safety of these students our priority.  


I think it is important for us to remind ourselves that unlike adults, teenagers usually rely on parents, teachers, or other caregivers to recognize when they are struggling and to get them the help they need. If you have an adolescent in your life, or know someone who does, it's important to learn what teen depression looks like and what to do if you spot the warning signs.


In sadness,

Philippe Rey, Executive Director

Teen Talk Blog
Warning signs that a teen is in danger for suicide
Source: Boston
By Jan Brogan

Dr. Barry N. Feldman, director of psychiatric programs in public safety at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and an educator in suicide risk and prevention at high schools across the state, uses the acronym FACTS as a tool to outline the warning signs for teenage suicide.

- Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, worthlessness, badness, fears of losing control and harming oneself, sadness, anger, anxiety, self-loathing.

 - Actions of drug or alcohol abuse, talking or writing about death and destruction, getting into fights, or doing dangerous things.


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Mental Health Resources
Hot Lines:

Santa Clara County Suicide and Crisis Hotline 24/7 Toll Free: 855-278-4204  (English/Spanish)

California Youth Crisis Line 1-800-843-5200 
Community Solutions (Teen Crisis & Parental Stress) 24 hr 408-683-4118 
Eastfield Ming Quong (EMQ) suicide assessment 408-379-9085 
National Mental Health America 800-273-TALK 888-628-9454 (Spanish) 
Reach Out Online Forum
San Mateo County Crisis Intervention Hotline 888-220-7575 

National Resources:
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 8:30-9:30 am
All parents of pre-teens/teens are invited to join ACS for breakfast, substance abuse education, and an open discussion about substance use with trained substance abuse counselors. Workshops are free! To reserve your spot, please contact: (650) 424-0852 ext. 200 or
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