Balance in Mind

Balance in Mind works with community partners to raise awareness about emotional and mental health challenges facing our youth, to empower parents, and to build communities where our kids grow up healthy, resilient and equipped for life.

Balance in Mind

Follow Balance in Mind on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to learn about upcoming events and view our webinar and Parent Chat recordings.


Parent Chat

Parent Chat
Parent Chat hosts experts in youth mental wellness with interactive discussions around topics such as anxiety, depression, social media, and more. Twice a month on Wednesdays at 7 pm.

  • Sept 8: Self-Compassion for Parents
  • Sep 22: Parenting your Neurodiverse Child
  • Oct 13: Is it the Blues or Something Else?
  • Oct 27: Your Child, Their Therapist, and You
  • Nov 10: Teaching Decision-Making Skills
  • Dec 8: Making Space for Gratitude & Joy

Missed previous Parent Chats? You can find them on Balance in Mind’s YouTube Channel.

Balance In Mind on Instagram

Catch Balance in Mind on Instagram for teen activities, Instagram lives, inspiration and more!

Real Talk: Balance In Mind

Real Talk
Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 4:30 pm on Instagram live.

​Listen to young adults share their own stories about life, relationship struggles, depression, anxiety, self-care tips, racial issues, gender identity and more. Ask them questions or share your story.

Mindful Moments with Marrie: Balance In Mind

Mindful moments with Marrie
Every second Wednesday of the month at 9 pm.

​How’s your mood? Have stress? Anxiety? Chat with Marrie live for some tips! She is here for YOU.

What You Need To Know

From the comfort of your home, you can tune into an interview of an expert on pressing topics for parents.

Missed the latest webinars? Visit Balance in Mind’s YouTube Channel.

Youth Mental Health First Aid: Empower yourself to help a child in need

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a formal education program that introduces adults to the distinct risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help youth who are in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

As mental health concerns with students in our district continue to rise, YMHFA training is more important than ever. The Foundation plans to provide training all year long – with a goal of training another 200-300 teachers and staff by June 2022. 

Film Screenings

Lake Washington Schools Foundation coordinates regular screenings of documentaries for students and families of Lake Washington School District. These documentaries focus on issues facing our youth today.


Download our “It’s Real” youth mental health resource guide in English or Spanish.

“It’s Real” Youth Mental Health Poster (English)
"It's Real" Youth Mental Health Resource Guide (Espanol)
"It's Real" Youth Mental Health Resource Guide (English)

Other News

Balance In Mind team featured on the 425 Show
A few members of the Balance in Mind team spoke with Nicole Mangina on The 425 Show podcast to discuss what teens are struggling with and the resources available to them to point them in the right direction.

Sources for data:

1 In 5 youth experience a mental health condition.
NAMI, Mental Health by the Numbers

32% experience an anxiety disorder (ages 13-17).
NIMH, Prevalence of Anxiety Among Youth

11% of youth (age 12-17) reported one or more major depressive episodes (MDE) in the past year.
Mental Health America, 2017 State of Mental Health in America – Youth Data

39% LWSD 8th graders report they are not able to stop worrying in the past 2 weeks.
Washington State Healthy Youth Survey, LWSD students

50% of all lifetime cases begin by age 14; 75% by age 24.
NAMI, Mental Health by the Numbers

18% LWSD seniors have considered suicide.
Washington State Healthy Youth Survey, LWSD students

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