Compassion Driving Action in
Youth Mental Health

 

Narges Zohoury Dillon, LMFT, StarVista’s Early Childhood and Family Services Department Director

StarVista's, Early Childhood and Family Services Department Director, Narges Zohoury Dillon, LMFT, stresses the importance of addressing Youth Mental Health as a community.

 

By: Narges Dillon

This past March, StarVista's Starting Line Breakfast featured a panel discussion on youth mental health that touched on current trends among youth and approaches to intervention. Research shows that 1 in 3 ninth graders report feelings of sadness or hopelessness, and recent data from the CDC suggest that 3 in 35 students take action on suicidal thoughts each year. Today, perhaps more than ever, youth need tools that help them cope with the stressors they experience each day and to better navigate their futures. Given the gravity of this topic, I was honored to represent StarVista as a panelist and discuss the ways that our community of partners are reaching youth and fostering resilience.

 

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#MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

 

May was Mental Health Awareness Month and this year the San Mateo County Health Department, San Mateo County Libraries, and the Peninsula Library System teamed up with local agencies to host over 40 events across the county on a variety of mental health topics.The events featured talks, movie screenings, trainings, and panel discussions. StarVista was excited to be host and collaborate on some of these exciting events!

 

Click here for more info about the events. 

 

 

MEET OUR BOARD CHAIR:
KRISTIN SUN

 

Kristin Sun, CFP®, CDFA® 
Sand Hill Global Advisors, LLC

Kristin Sun is currently the Chair of StarVista’s Board of Directors, and she sits on the Finance Committee of the Peninsula Health Care District. Kristin is a Senior Wealth Manager, Certified Financial Planner and Partner at Sand Hill Global Advisors, a wealth advisory firm in Palo Alto providing financial planning advice and investment management. Kristin was born and raised in the Bay Area and obtained her undergrad degree from UC Berkeley. Out of the office you might find Kristin at the helm of a board meeting for StarVista, with her young family enjoying the outdoors in South Lake Tahoe, or with her nose buried in a good work of fiction. 

 

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#PRIDEMONTH

 

Pride Month is celebrated in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969 and to recognize the impact LGBTQ people have had in the world. Pride month is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward the LGBTQ community, to promote self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance.

 

Here are some local events that are taking place in the community. 


Saturday, June 1st at 12pm - 2:30pm 
Pride Month Kick Off
Join the San Mateo County Pride Center for a family friendly Pride Month kickoff event! Swing by the Pride Center for food, games, prizes and fun as we celebrate our community, our volunteers and the Pride Center!

 

More info. at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2311429622435425/

 

Thursday May 30th - Sunday June 2nd 
Gay Pride Filoli House & Gardens
Filoli Pride is coming out and we want you to come out with us. Show off your Pride in our all-inclusive, beautiful and safe space. Friends, family, allies, supporters, and all are welcome as we open our doors to everyone and showcase some of the amazing local LGBTQ organizations of the Bay Area. Ever wanted to don your best 80’s garb and relive the Dynasty days? Now’s your chance! This event will feature queer literature readings, family programming, music, and of course drag queens. Check out Filoli's website for more information at https://filoli.org/pride/.

 

Click here to view more events!

CAROLINA'S STORY

 

Hear from a StarVista student Health Ambassador, Carolina, who shares her story of overcoming a difficult time. Carolina explains how joining HAP-Y— a program that trains youth ages 16-24 how to recognize the signs and risks of Mental Illness and suicide, and how to access services — gave her the knowledge and confidence to become a leader in her community and her own life.  

 

Click here to view the video.

StarVista on the Radio

 

StarVista’s Transitional Youth Services (TYS) Program was recently featured on the radio station 102.9 KBLX during their KBLXCares Segment. Listen to our Transitional Youth Services Housing Specialist, Samantha Rivas, and Program Manager, Alyssa Canfield talk about the services that the program offers.

 

Click here to listen to the talk.

 

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