PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Cottage Health Presents Panel Discussion on Headspace for Youth Mental Health

SANTA BARBARA –Cottage Health Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine invites the public to a free presentation and panel discussion to introduce an innovative model for addressing youth mental health issues called Headspace, a state-of-the-art program which involves a coordinated, community-wide approach.

The event is being hosted and coordinated by Cottage Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Burtness Auditorium at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Better mental health care for youth can set a foundation for life-long wellness. Addressing issues in youth who are between 12 -18 years old is especially important, as many serious mental illnesses emerge in this age bracket. Headspace was developed in Australia and is now implemented in the Palo Alto, California area through the efforts of Dr. Steven Adelsheim, Director of the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, and other mental health advocates. This model is supported by the most current scientific trends related to youth mental health.

Dr. Adelsheim will share accomplishments of the program and how it could be implemented locally. Panel participants will include Dr. Zev Nathan, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Annmarie Cameron, Chief Executive Officer for the community-based Mental Wellness Center; Rachael Steidl, Chair for the Youth Mental Wellness Coalition and Coordinator for the Youth Wellness Connection Council and Clubs; and Susan Salcido, County Superintendent of Schools, Santa Barbara County Education Office. No registration is required for the event, and it is free of charge to the public.

For more information about this event, please contact Mari Mender, RN, Psychiatry Nurse Educator at (805) 682-7111, extension 55383 or by email at

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