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Local teens talk about mental health

Original post made on Jun 5, 2014

Adults may remember high school as the best years of their lives, but this isn't the case for many teens. One wrote in this year's Mental Health Awareness Essay Contest that once he reached high school, "the pressure came crashing down."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 8:59 PM

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Posted by San RaMom, a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 5, 2014 at 9:17 am

While we are proud of our high achieving children, we all need to come together to advocate a community culture of balance. Let us appreciate diversity in ability and goals. And let us value our children's mental health as much as their ability to ace a test.

Posted by DiabloMom, a resident of Diablo
on Jun 5, 2014 at 10:10 am

There is no doubt that our kids are under ridiculous pressure to succeed by preforming better than their peers in all measurable ways, i.e., SATs, grades, sports. leadership positions, award recognitions. Then why make a healthy discussion about mental health and the overwhelming pressure to succeed a contest? More winners and losers.

Posted by Beth, a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 5, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Well said, DiabloMom!

Posted by Danville mom, a resident of Danville
on Jun 6, 2014 at 10:44 am

I'd say it's unfortunate that this topic has to be brought to light via an essay contest. There seems to be an air of such deniability in this area and yet it only briefly hits the radar when a child OD's or commits suicide. Why is that? How are we being proactive as a community? I'm not trying to be combative but looking for the discussion on how we face that there's a problem that we're denying it? or am I wrong?

Posted by DanvilleDad, a resident of Danville
on Jun 6, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Teen Esteem (Web Link) is a great resource for kids and parents struggling with these issues. They have parent education meetings and speak at assemblies and classrooms at our local public and private high schools.

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