News

Teen Esteem helps kids make health choices

Group on of dozens that received grant from local Kiwanis

A local group is helping San Ramon Valley schools in the fight against drug and alcohol abuse and teen depression, some of the leading causes of death in people under 21.

Teen Esteem works with schools from Livermore to Concord, talking to young people about making healthy choices and about the cultural pressures teens face today, according to Director Linda Turnbull.

"This last year, two of the things that we've been focusing on and adding to the other things we address is prescription drug abuse consequences and the world of cyberspace, the types of sexting, and the harassing a bullying that's going on," Turnbull said. "Bottom line is addressing what is self respect and what does it mean to respect others."

Teen Esteem recently was awarded a grant from the San Ramon Valley Kiwanis Foundation, and Turnbull said the money will help the group's work in schools, with marriage and family therapists, and with law enforcement.

Turnbull said Teen Esteem's mission is education, learning what's happening with young people, letting parents know, and offering tips.

"We're just trying to be a resource and offer support for the community," Turnbull said.

One recent concern, she said, is a recent spike in teen suicides.

"I've been involved in Teen Esteem since 1994 and I've heard about more suicides in the last four years," Turnbull said. She said the media is in part to blame, as well as access to the Internet.

"There are so many different messages," she said."Today, you're bombarded with it."

Turnbull said the recent suicide of a young woman from San Ramon Valley High School is a case in point.

"It's really grieved me what people have said (in online postings and elsewhere). Nobody knows the circumstance and nobody will ever know the circumstances," she said. "I've heard wonderful things about this family. It's one of those things that you look at it and I almost fell that it could be any family."

Comments

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Just Be Cautious
a resident of Danville
on Jun 1, 2011 at 10:42 am

Sounds like an innocent enough group with a positive agenda. However, the fact that this group's website provides a link to the "Medical Institute" website should give one pause. The "Medical Institute" Board reads like a Who's Who Amongst the Puritan "You Shall Live As We Tell You" Crowd.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: *

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Lulu is back home!!!!
By Roz Rogoff | 6 comments | 897 views

Measure BB could pay to connect Dublin Boulevard to Livermore
By Tim Hunt | 3 comments | 482 views

Wheels for Meals on Wheels
By John A. Barry | 0 comments | 135 views