For Immediate ReleaseAugust 28, 2023
Marin program helps families navigate mental health, substance use and other important topics difficult conversations with youth and teenagers
Marin County, CA – Parents: you’ve got mail. The fourth annual issue of the Let’s Talk and Let’s Start Talking booklets have been sent to 5,000 Marin County families of local public and private schools. Available in English and Spanish, Let’s Talk was mailed to all incoming 9th grade families and Let’s Start Talking is mailed to all 6th grade families. These resources foster open communication between parents and teens on challenging subjects like peer pressure, underage substance use, and mental health, while also educating parents about practicing positive communication, active listening, and connection as their children navigate adolescence. Each issue incorporates feedback and perspectives from local parents and teens, providing tools for positive, meaningful and engaging conversations.
Let’s Talk is developed by Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships (MHYP), in partnership with Marin Health and Human Services (HHS), Marin County Office of Education (MCOE), OD Free Marin, and the Marin Prevention Network (MPN).
Key highlights of the Let’s Talk booklets include:
"Let's Talk isn't just a booklet; it's a bridge that connects the hearts and minds of parents and teenagers,” said Kathy Koblick, Marin HHS’s Public Health Division Director. “This essential toolkit empowers families with proven tips and guidance to discuss difficult topics facing today’s youth, while fostering understanding, compassion, and mutual growth – one conversation at a time."
Parents are encouraged to read and keep the book on hand throughout their student’s 6th - 12th grades. Much of the information is timeless and provides good reminders about the social and emotional growth that comes with adolescence.
The Let’s Talk program includes four community discussions throughout the school year that are led by experts and local students with live Spanish translation conducted via Zoom. The first will be held on October 4th and the discussion will include what to know about today's current drug trends including the rise of Delta THC, psychedelics, and fentanyl.
Future discussions will cover the adolescent brain, parenting to support our teens, and mental health in relation to underage substance use. All previous discussions and digital copies of Let’s Talk are available at letstalkmarin.org. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathy KoblickPublic Health Division DirectorHealth and Human Services
20 N. San Pedro Drive#2020San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-2979Email: Kathy KoblickMarin HHS website