Stay Connected During this Challenging Time 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.  “Having everyone at home may lead to more family conflicts than usual.  We’re seeing depression and anxiety rates increase dramatically," says Lisa Scimens, founder of the Oakland-based non-profit Family Sanity ( 


Family Sanity along with Willows in the Wind and SF Parent Support have joined together to offer weekly parent support meetings LIVE, online via  The parent lead groups are conducted by the organizations’ leaders or trained facilitators as well as certified parent coach, Sarah MacKay Lynch. 


The three groups address the support and needs of parents of teens/young adults who

struggle with suffer from anxiety/depression and mental health conditions as well as

substance abuse and school refusal.

Information about how to join the groups here

Questions?  Feel free to email, or call


Since COVID-19 is continuing to have us shelter-in-place, Family Sanity will be offering all or our meetings FREE until at least June 1.

Tips for Helping your Teen or Young Adult during Covid-19


--Encourage your teen/young adult to keep in regular contact with his mental health providers via telephone or online appointments.


--Make sure prescriptions are filled and up to date.


--Minimize access to "news" for it can be very stressful.  Consider a "news fast".


--Keep routines going: get dressed everyday, exercise.


--Engage in family activities:  eat at least one meal a day together; play board games or puzzles watch movies and  tv as a family; go on walks with each other.

             In the News...

"Student anxiety, depression increasing during school closures, survey finds"

Carolyn Jones | EdSource | 

Piedmont Exedra, May 14, 2020

"School closures were intended to keep students safe during the pandemic, but for many, it’s ushered in a different set of dangers: anxiety, depression and other serious mental health conditions. School counselors, psychologists and social workers have been trying to help students virtually..."


Family Sanity Special Event:



Willows in the WindFamily Sanity & NAMI SF Present:
"Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills For Stress Resilience"


Join us for an ONLINE LIVE STREAMING Interactive Community Movie Screening and Discussion!


The program is 1 HR 45 MIN. The movie is 60 minutes, followed by a 45 minute Q & A. 

Thursday, May 28 at 8 PM.


Tickets are $10

Click Here for Information and Tickets

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Family Sanity Parent Support Meetings

Evening "Zoom Room" Meeting for Parents of Young Adults 18+

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

Next Zoom meeting: Tuesday, June 16.




Daytime Support Group Meeting for Parents of 18+

For parents of teens and young adults 18+

on the first Wednesdays of the month.

Next Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, June 3.

For More Information, Please Contact:

SF Parent Support Virtual Support Group

More info on groups at

For a link to the meeting, please RSVP to


Willows in the Wind On-line Parent Support Groups

To attend, please fill out the form on our home screen at:  and we will send a link to the meeting.