CHAC to host teen mental health forum Thursday


The Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) is hosting a speaker series Thursday for local high schools students to speak their mind on mental health issues and talk about the stress and frustration of being a teenager in the Bay Area.

The focus will be on how Silicon Valley culture puts pressure on youth to set impossible goals for themselves, and how parents may be adding to that pressure. Parents, school staff, community members and fellow teens are all encouraged to attend.

Speakers will include four teens from Mountain View and Alta Vista high schools as well as Foothill College. The event is intended to empower youth and give them the "courage to share their honest and powerful stories," according to a CHAC press release.

CHAC is a nonprofit group focused on mental health therapy in the community, and provides one-on-one therapy services to hundreds of students at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools each year.

The speaker series will be hosted at CHAC's office in Mountain View at 590 West El Camino Real on Thursday, May 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admittance to the event is free for youth and $20 for adults.

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