Library offers mental health classes for teens [Sonoma West Times & News]


By Laura Hagar Rush, Sonoma West Times & News, June 12, 2019.

This summer the Sebastopol library will offer a series of free mental health classes for teenagers, thanks to an innovative partnership between the Sonoma County Library system and Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), a nonprofit offering mental health and housing services for youth.

The first group will be held on Tuesday, June 18, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol.

Sebastopol is one of five libraries in the county, including Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Rohnert Park, that are piloting the six-week program this summer.

Rachel Icaza, education initiatives librarian for Sonoma County Library, said SAY approached the library system with the idea of creating mental health classes. Icaza said this is the first time the library has offered a group like this. 

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