Mental Health Education

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Parent & Community Education Workshops

17 again • community conversations about teen mental health today with workshops providing tools and resources to support youth

We provide parent and community education workshops on a variety of topics that have been requested by parents. See below for details and how to register.

Youth Substance Use

understanding the difference between self-medicating, addiction, and recreational use SPEAKER PANEL

DATE: Sunday, August 18, 2019

TIME: 3:00PM - 5:15PM

LOCATION: Deckers, 6601 Hollister Avenue (corner of Hollister & Los Carneros)

RSVP:   You can show up without registering but it helps us to know how many are coming so if you rsvp on eventbrite in advance, you will be entered into a RAFFLE!

DESCRIPTION: Parents, Educators, Providers, and Teens...

  • Learn about current substance use trends and understand the negative effects of vaping, JUULing, & binge drinking.
  • Recognize the difference between recreational use and addiction.
  • Understand how self-medicating can mask the symptoms of mental illness.
  • Learn to tell when youth are using and how to engage in the difficult conversations. Find out about local support resources.

**Parents of youth ages 5-25, teens, educators, teens, and youth providers are invited to this FREE workshop.**

**SPANISH TRANSLATION will be available.**


Sam, Student Speaker from UCSB Gauchos in Recovery.

Dustin Sanchez, MD • Medical • Mission Harbor Behavioral Health
Specializes in the treatment of psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Dr. Sanchez has extensive training and experience in psychotherapy and complex psychopharmacology. He has served in clinical and leadership roles in both academic and community-based settings. He currently provides emergency and consult-liaison psychiatry services at Ventura County Medical Center. He has an outpatient practice in Santa Barbara, providing comprehensive services to adults, adolescents, children, and families. Dr. Sanchez specializes in a wide range of psychiatric problems including mood and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, trauma, psychosis, and personality disorders, utilizing a holistic approach to achieve optimal health and wellness for his patients.

Michael Mantz, MD• Santa Barbara Integrative Psychiatry
Dr. Mantz has been in private practice for the past 5 years. The focus of his practice is on using a unique blend of progressive psychotherapies, nutrition, supplements, attentional training, and exercise to help his clients break through the issues that appear to be holding them back from reaching what they truly want out of life.

MODERATOR: Rachael Steidl is a Santa Barbara native and the mother of 3 teen daughters. As the founder and former publisher of, she has spent much of the past fifteen connecting families to resources in our community. Rachael launched the YouthWell Coalition in 2016 to address the gaps in mental health services for youth and to expand the dialogue and increase community collaboration. At the same time, she worked with the Mental Wellness Center to launch the Youth Wellness Connection (YWC) Council and is working with students on "you matter" campaigns on 4 high school campuses through the YWC Clubs that promote self-care, kindness and encourage youth to ask for help when they are struggling. She is committed to increasing awareness through education and reducing stigma so that youth and families can feel safe reaching out for support. Rachael has over 25 years of experience in management, marketing, and strategic planning. Rachael has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and her early work experience included counseling youth in group homes and co-facilitating addiction groups.


Thank you!

Through a SAMHSA grant, Family Service Agency (FSA), Mental Wellness Center (MWC), and the YouthWell Coalition are able to provide more community education around mental health as a way to support youth in our community.