Upcoming Meetings

Evening "Zoom Room" Meeting for Parents of Teens & Young Adults

Support group meeting for parents of young adults (18+), facilitated by Certified Parent Coach, Sarah MacKay Lynch. Third Tuesday of the month.

Next Zoom Meetings:

February 15 at 7:00 pm

March 15 at 7:00 pm

           April 19 at 7:00 pm                           



Daytime Support Group Meeting for Parents of Teens & Young Adults 

For parents of teens and young adults 18+

on the first Thursdays of the month, noon to 2pm.

**Sessions now in-person!

Upcoming Meetings:  TBD


For More Information,

Please Contact: Lisa@familysanity.org.

Willows in the Wind On-line Parent Support Groups

Three Meetings Monthly.

For information and registration for upcoming meetings, please go to:


SF Parent Support Virtual Support Group

More info on groups at namisf.org.

For a link to meetings, as well as to join their online parent community forum, please contact: natasha@namisf.org.

             In the News...

SF Bay Area Groups Collaborate to Bring Six Monthly Support Groups to Parents Everywhere

"All Kinds of Therapy" Newsletter, June 16, 2021|

Three San Francisco Bay Area non-profits--Family Sanity, Willows in the Wind, and NAMISF--which offer support for parents of teens and young adults challenged by mental illness joined forces early in 2020 during COVID-19. The three created the umbrella group, Bay Area Parent Support, (B.A.P.S. ).  Meetings in 2020 and now into 2021 have been virtual. Now, with the gradual reopening, the virtual meetings will continue via Zoom, and, in addition to in-person meetings will reconvene.  These meetings provide safe space for parents in the Bay Area, as well as other parts of the US and the world to find support and help.


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Stay Connected with Online Support Meetings

Parents of teens and young adults who are dealing with mental health issues may be having a more difficult time than others during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Family Sanity, along with Willows in the Wind and SF NAMI Parent Support, have joined together to offer six monthly parent support meetings, live online via zoom.com

The groups originate in the Bay Area, but thanks to this online technology we have parents coming from all over the U.S. The  groups are conducted by the organizations’ leaders or trained facilitators, as well as our certified parent coach, Sarah MacKay Lynch. 

Information about how to join the groups here

Questions?  Feel free to email Lisa@familysanity.org, or call


Article by Lisa Scimens, Family Sanity founder and director:


Sending Your Troubled Child Away: 

It’s Never Easy, 

But It May Be the Right Thing

This week I read a NYT book review of TROUBLED: The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs by  Kenneth R. Rosen. A journalist who once himself attended a program, he discusses in the book four people who had negative and sometimes abusive experiences at three different programs, all of which are now closed.


As a parent of a young adult who attended two out-of-state programs to help her with her depression and anxiety, and as the subsequent founder of Family Sanity, I feel I need to speak out and say there are many good programs out there that do change lives.  

It is our job as parents to seriously vet them ourselves and not leave the final decisions up to others whenever possible.  Here, I offer some tips to make that decision wisely.


Resources for Families Coping with Anxiety During Covid 

Below you can access some excellent internet resources for parents and teenagers and young adults to cope with the added anxiety of living during this pandemic.




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