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Suicide poses a public health risk for people of all ages and backgrounds in San Mateo County residents. It is the second-leading cause of death for youth—and at a higher rate than the state average.
Our guests from the San Mateo County Office of Education and StarVista will share the issues, and some steps toward a hopeful future.
Molly Henricks is the Coordinator of School Safety and Risk Prevention at the County office of Education. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 17 years of experience working with youth. She has been a Case Manager for youth with issues surrounding substance use and the foster care system and a crisis counselor at a High School. She has managed County wide Homeless programs for youth, Crisis Services and an Early Psychosis Program. Currently, she is working for the San Mateo County Office of Education providing support in Suicide Prevention, Social Emotional Learning, School Safety, Student Threat Assessment and Mental Health Supports for all school districts.
Brook Pollard is the Program Coordinator for StarVista's Youth Stabilization, Opportunity, and Support Team (part of the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center). Brook's interest for working in the mental health field began in high school when she started working as Peer Counselor at the Crisis Center's Peer to Peer Chatroom. She then went on to receive her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Her specialization within her degree was helping youth and families that were experiencing severe mental illness. Through her work with youth, families, and acute mental illness, Brook has developed a passion for de-stigmatizing mental health and accessing services.
Please note: For those in crisis or needing support in San Mateo County, the StarVista Crisis Center 24/7 Crisis Hotline offers support for all ages at 650-579-0350.