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The Wellness & Prevention Center and the Orange County Health Care Agency have partnered to provide community-wide education designed to lower the stigma surrounding the diseases of mental health.

The contract, which runs through the end of June 2020, will support prevention education events that are designed to increase mental health literacy in the local community, according to the Prevention Center.

As part of the partnership, Dr. Nefta Pereda, the founder and president of Season 5 Community Consulting and current director of Parenting Education at Olive Crest, delivered a special presentation in Spanish to an audience of families from San Clemente at Las Palmas Elementary School on Monday, Nov. 18.

Pereda spoke about adolescents and mental health, focusing on teen anxiety and the importance of paying attention to signs and symptoms that might require extra attention. The Prevention Center noted that today’s teens are facing different environmental and social stressors than when their parents were growing up.

Pereda encouraged parents to stop and reflect on that fact before using the phrase “when I was your age” while talking to their teens.  He also explained how the teen brain operates and how symptoms of anxiety and depression might take over and harm healthy teen development and behavior.

Anyone looking for resources on how to raise healthy teens can visit the Wellness & Prevention Center’s website wpc-oc.org.

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