"Sound Minds, Sound Bodies" is the theme of a panel discussion on teen mental health to be held tonight, Jan. 23, at Gunn High School.
Moderated by Stanford University psychiatrist Shashank Joshi, panelists will discuss the role of primary care physicians in identifying and addressing teen mental health needs; the impact of sleep on academic performance and the use of mindfulness to enhance well-being.
Joshi has been involved with Gunn's student-initiated ROCK (Reach Out. Care. Know.) program and now directs the school's Sources of Strength program.
Panelists are Palo Alto Medical Foundation internist and pediatrician Meg Durban, a cofounder of the HEARD Alliance, which aims to improve community mental health; Stanford pediatrician and neurologist Rafael Pelayo, who has chaired a Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board affiliated with the National Institutes of Health; school social worker and university lecturer Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, who coordinated Parents Place Community Education and Bullying Prevention Center; and internist and holistic medicine expert Amy Saltzman, who has conducted research on the benefits of teaching mindfulness.
Speaker presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer period.
The event is from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at Spangenberg Auditorium at Gunn, 780 Arastradero Road.
It is cosponsored by Gunn's PTSA, the Palo Alto PTA Council and Project Safety Net, a coalition of community groups that aims to promote wellness among Palo Alto teens.