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Star Vista’s Mental Health Panel



StarVista, Junipero Serra High School and Common Ground Speaker Series are joining forces to address important topics facing today’s teens. Star Vista’s panel of experienced clinicians will discuss research trends in adolescent health, depression and anxiety, teen decision-making, academic stress, suicide, peer pressure and living a balanced life. Additionally, panelists will provide suggestions for parents in order to initiate productive and effective conversations with their teens. Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Stanford Dean and author of How to Raise an Adult, will be headlining the panel with Rachael Myrow of KQED moderating.

Julie Lythcott-Haims is deeply interested in how young people overcome obstacles on their journey to independence and adulthood. She is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult, an anti-helicopter parenting manifesto which gave rise to one of the top TED Talks of 2016, with over 4 million views. Her second book is the award-winning memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience with racism and her journey toward self-acceptance. A third book on how to be an adult, for young adults, is forthcoming.  Lythcott-Haims, a former corporate lawyer and Stanford Dean, holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard, and an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over thirty years, their two teenagers, and her mother. 


Rachael Myrow is KQED’s South Bay arts and culture reporter.  She also guest hosts The California Report and Forum, reports for NPR and hosts a podcast called Love in the Digital Age. Her passion for public radio was born writing movie reviews for KALX-FM as an undergrad at the University of California at Berkeley. After finishing a degree in English, she earned another in journalism and landed a job at Marketplace in Los Angeles, and another at KPCC before returning to the Bay Area to work at KQED. She spent more than seven years hosting The California Report, and over the past 20 years has won a Peabody and three Edward R. Murrow Awards (one for covering the MTA Strike, her first assignment as a full-time reporter in 2000) as well as numerous other honors including from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television News Directors Association and the LA Press Club.

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