Palo Alto nonprofit Children's Health Council (CHC) will host this Wednesday, Sept. 7, a community forum to discuss the initial findings from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) epidemiological study of youth suicide in Santa Clara County.
Ramsey Khasho, director of The Center at CHC, will present the study's findings and then lead a discussion about the "important cautions and implications of this report for teen mental health in Palo Alto and the neighboring communities," an event description reads.
The CDC released its preliminary findings this July, shedding some early light on the factors, from diagnosed mental illness to problems at school, that have played a role in youth suicides in Palo Alto and across the county over the last 13 years. A more in-depth, final report is expected by the end of this year. The final report will include further data, analysis of media coverage of suicide and recommendations for the community.
On Wednesday, Khasho will also present results from an eight-week study of teen mental health that consulting firm McKinsey & Company conducted this spring at the nonprofit's request. CHC asked the firm "to study the community to see what the greatest needs are around teen mental health and to give us guidance about where we could have the most impact knowing so many other agencies and groups are involved with this topic," CHC Communications and Marketing Director Micaelia Randolph wrote in an email to the Weekly.
Children’s Health Council recently launched its Teen Mental Health Initiative, which seeks to increase access to services, as well as community engagement and education around youth mental health.
At the Aug. 24 meeting of youth well-being collaborative Project Safety Net, Khasho said that CHC had no waitlists for its teen therapists, a rarity in a community that reports a high demand for and difficulty to receive prompt, high-quality mental-health services.
Wednesday’s forum will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. at Children’s Health Council, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto.
For more information and to register, go to eventbrite.com.