Four Ways You Can Empower Families for Mental Health Awareness Month

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
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As Mental Health Awareness Month comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to share one story that has impacted us tremendously.

Khoa-Nathan Ngo is a child of war refugees. He shared, "While [my parents] were able to flee the war, the war never left them. You could see it in their rage, their violence, and yes, even their abuse."

Khoa-Nathan sought help. But he was only a child. He went to the police, he talked to a school counselor, social services, and even his family doctor. All roads led back to informing his abuser, further endangering himself. 

"My trust in the system was broken," Khoa-Nathan said, just a sophomore in high school at this time. "It was only until I heard of a center that sought to break out of the cycle of traditional services that my disillusionment turned into hope. The first time I walked into allcove, I could remember the sense of security and peace I felt."

It's youth like Khoa-Nathan and services like allcove that remind us how critical children's mental health work is. But it's not enough. Your help can ensure every young person has the services they need. Below are four important talks full of hope, words of encouragement, and opportunities for you to give back to support mental health.

Please watch, share, and donate to support kids in our community. If you have any questions, or would like to learn more, please contact Laura Andersen at or (650) 461-9879.

allcove: Mental Health Care Created With, By, and For Youth

Young people are facing a mental health crisis. In many families, cultures, and communities, stigma keeps them from seeking help, and navigating the complex system is even harder. Stanford is revolutionizing mental health care services. 

Donate to support allcove today.

Stanford Parenting Center

Shifting the treatment paradigm to ensure access to care for everyone, the Stanford Parenting Center is an evidence-based resource for families navigating these times of unprecedented stress. SPC is giving parents the resources they need to foster confidence and resiliency in their children. Stronger families mean stronger communities! 

Donate to support the Stanford Parenting Center today.

Comprehensive programs for immigrant families

Ryan Matlow, PhD, engages in clinical service, program development, and collaboration efforts to address childhood trauma in communities that have been historically marginalized, under-resourced, and/or experienced human rights violations. 

Donate to support Dr. Matlow's work today.

K-12 Toolkits for Kids and Teachers

Shashank Joshi, MD's work focuses on school mental health, doctor-parent-teacher collaboration, and promoting well-being in youth and young adults. He is the lead author of the K-12 Toolkit for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention, a resource designed with parents, students, teachers, and school personnel to improve wellness in children. These toolkits ensure kids are mentally healthy and thrive, and teachers are skilled to support them. 

Donate to support K-12 toolkits today.
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