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.

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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.

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.

We are partnering with the Lake Washington School District to train as many staff as possible, with a goal of 150 by the end of the year!​

What have LWSD staff said after taking this course?

“I feel really good about what I learned today.”

“I am really grateful and wish I had this training years ago.”

“The most relevant thing I learned today was affirmations of best practices when talking to students.”

It costs $75 to train each LWSD staff member so they are equipped to support a student when they need it most.

Help us reach our goal to train 150 LWSD staff members by sponsoring a teacher or staff member.

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.

Learn the importance of gratitude

​Balance in Mind team member, Sheri Gazitt interviews Stacy Danford, MA of the Gratitude Business on how practicing gratitude helps your brain and you. Now more than ever, practicing gratitude is important.

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.

Film Screenings
Anxiety Awareness Documentary: Angst

Producers Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick of the IndieFlix Original documentary, Angst have one goal: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they utilize the power of film to tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope.

Overlake Medical Center & Clinics

Thank you to our sponsor Overlake Medical Center & Clinics for helping make these screenings possible.


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

"It's Real" Youth Mental Health Resource Guide (Spanish)
"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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