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Support for Children, Teens, and Young Adults

NAMI SMC offers support for youth with a mental health diagnosis and for their families.


NAMI SMC offers Ending the Silence Presentations.   A Mental Health Awareness Program for Youth.   Please email our Outreach Coordinator to schedule a presentation:

NAMI is delighted to announce an interactive presentation that helps teens to learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions as well as what steps they should take to find support for themselves or their friends..

One in five teens ages 13-18 experience a mental health condition in a given year and 80% of them are not currently receiving treatment.

NAMI Ending the Silence is a interactive presentation that includes a young adult living with mental illness who shares their journey of recovery.  Teens will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain understanding of an often misunderstood topic.  Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.



A New NAMI SMC Teen Group!

A Peer Emotional and Life Skills Group (APEALS)


We are so excited to announce that NAMI SMC is starting a teen mental health group called APEALS (A Peer Emotional and Life Skills Group)!

This is an emotional and life skills group for middle and high school students. It is an 8 week group that leads teens through a strength based curriculum that encourages them to find their own solutions. NAMI SMC is partnering up with a program called Teen Life so we can bring you the best program possible.

APEALS is intended to provide a safe place for teens to talk to peers dealing with similar issues with the guidance of 2 Young Adult Peer Facilitators. These groups will help teens process what is going on in their lives so they can move forward in a healthier way. These may be things such as depression, anxiety, anger, stress, grief, isolation, bullying, etc.

With the main focus on social-emotional support, teens will use discussion and hands-on
activities to address stress, resources, relationships, school, ups and downs, strengths, and resilience.


*Open Enrollment*

Start Date: November 14th, 2023 

End Date: December 12th, 2023

Frequency: 1/week on Tuesday

Time: 7-8pm

Location: NAMI SMC Office
1730 S. Amphlett Blvd. Ste. 308
San Mateo, CA 94402

Type: In-Person

Cost: Free

Ages: Teens in school grades 8-12

Who: Anyone who is looking for more emotional skills and support

How do I Sign Up:
If you or someone you know is interested please fill out this form:
Interest Form

Contact Us:
Olivia:  (650) 667-1275

Click the link to see the 8 week themes we will be covering:
8 Week Themes





Why should I bring NAMI Ending the Silence to my community?

  • Currently, about 50% of youth ages 14 and older with a mental health condition will drop out of school.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds.
  • About half of individuals with a mental health condition began experiencing symptoms by age 14.
  • The average delay between onset of symptoms and receiving treatment is 8-10 years.
  • Treatment works!  With early identification and intervention there is hope

What should I know?

  • Engaging, 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school age youth.
  • Teens will learn early warning signs and what steps they can take to help themselves or a friend.
  • Free of cost to  schools, youth and communities.
  • Presented by a youth adult who experienced a mental health condition during their school years as well as a family member of an individual who experienced mental health challenges in school.