The Palo Alto school district is hosting a free series of classes to help parents support their children's physical and mental wellness at home, taught by a Stanford University child and adolescent psychiatrist.
"Learn how to improve communication with your child, to recognize warning signs of distress, and to help your teens cope with stress and prevent reaching levels of distress," reads a flier advertising the classes.
Moira Kessler, a child and adolescent psychiatrist with Stanford Children’s Health and Bay Area Children's Association (BACA), will lead the classes. Kessler specializes in school mental health and suicide prevention and provides consultation to the mental health teams at Palo Alto Unified schools, the flier states.
The first session was held Nov. 29. Upcoming sessions will focus on adolescent development (signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety in teenagers and suicide) and tools to cope with stress, such as tips for improved sleep.
The remaining classes will take place on two consecutive Tuesdays — Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 — from 6-7:30 p.m. in the staff lounge at Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
To register, go to eventbrite.com. For more information or any questions, contact school district social worker Myrna Zendejas at email@example.com.