In the News...

Can You Really Be Addicted to Video Games?

"The latest research suggests it’s not far-fetched at all — especially when you consider all the societal and cultural factors that make today’s games so attractive."

From the New York Times Magazine, 10/22/2019

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Would you like to connect with a group of parents who have teens and young adults who are troubled or challenged by mental health issues?  Family Sanity has a solution!

We are holding our monthly evening groups live and online via If you have never used Zoom, let us assure you that even luddites will find it a breeze. 

Please consider joining us on the third Tuesday of the month, from 7:30-9pm.  Certified Parent Coach Sarah MacKay Lynch will moderate along with Family Sanity Founder Lisa Scimens.

If you have never participated in a Family Sanity group, your first session will be free.

Questions?  Feel free to email, or call


Please consider making an end-of-the year charitable donation to Family Sanity.

New this Fall

Evening Group Meeting for Parents of 18+

For parents of young adults 18+.

Facilitator: Sarah MacKay Lynch, Parent Coach.

Meetings will be held every third Tuesday of the Month. Next meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Sign up here!

Please contact:


Group for Parents of Teens

Family Sanity hosts a Tuesday night support group for parents of teens, under 18. Facilitated by Lisa Scimens, Family Sanity founder.

Meetings will be held every third Tuesday of the month. Next meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Sign-ups for these groups available above.

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...

“Go on Medi-Cal to get that”: Why Californians With Mental Illness Are Dropping Private Insurance To Get Taxpayer-Funded Treatment"

By Jocelyn Wiener, CalMatters

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

There’s an open secret among those who care for people with serious mental illnesses.

In dozens of interviews, families, attorneys, judges, therapists and public officials agree: People with serious mental illnesses often do better dropping private insurance and qualifying for taxpayer-funded treatment.


                       In the News...

“Researchers Doubt That Certain Mental Disorders Are Disorders At All"

Alison Escalante, Contributor


Aug 11, 2020

"What if mental disorders like anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder aren’t mental disorders at all? In a compelling new paper, biological anthropologists call on the scientific community to rethink mental illness. With a thorough review of the evidence, they show good reasons to think of depression or PTSD as responses to adversity rather than chemical imbalances."


Be sure to also check out the FORUM section of our site to join the ongoing conversation and connect with other parents who are facing similar challenges.

Special Event: "Creating Healthy Boundaries" Nov. 17

We will be hosting a special event on Nov. 17 at 7:30pm called "Creating Healthy Boundaries for Parents of Challenging Teens/YA's".

Francie Burkhard, LFMT, of San Francisco DBT will be our speaker.  She has more that twenty years of experience helping families of young people dealing with Depression/Anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder and many other psychiatric conditions.  She will explain what DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) is and why it is very successful with many conditions.


Tickets will be $20/family $10/individual and Free for those having financially tough times.

Purchase Tickets Here



If a program, school or other resource appears on this site, it is not a recommendation.  Conversely, if a program, school or resource is omitted, it does not mean it is not a good program. What is a fine program for one child/family, may not work for another child/family and the opposite is true as well.  

The information contained on this site is provided by parents, not professionals, and is meant as a starting point for parents with struggling children.  We recommend consulting therapists, psychiatrists, and other professionals to guide you in the placement of your child.