Meet the adults
Susan Gordon Bird
"I saw the suffering of several family members and young friends who at a time in their lives when everything should have been possible, just sat on the sidelines with depression."
Liesl Pike Moldow
“I experienced depression as a 15-year-old so I know what it’s like to feel that sadness that doesn’t go away —the dark emptiness that something is wrong.”
"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start."
Youth Engagement Specialist
“Mental Health is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going."
- Noam Shpancer, PhD
You are not alone. You are seen. I am with you. You are not alone.”
Board of Directors
Alumni Board Member, SafeSpace Youth Action Board
“Something I’ve learned over the years is that change is okay. I often find myself worrying about the future and what the path forward might look like. I find myself saying goodbye to the good, positive things, when in fact, I should be saying goodbye to the pain and suffering. Instead, I look at the fresh start associated with the new chapter, and I celebrate it. Change, whether big or small, can be a scary thing, but it’s important to remember that there will always be those good things waiting for you every step of the way.”
Stephanie Brown, PhD
Board Member, Mental Health Addiction
"Stephanie Brown, Ph.D. is a pioneering theorist, clinician, researcher, author, teacher and consultant in the addiction field. As a psychologist, she directs the Addictions Institute, Menlo Park, California, an outpatient psychotherapy clinic."
Director of Finance
“I have family experience with drug addiction, suicide and other mental health issues such as bi-polar disorder.”
Dr. Navneet Singh
"As a pediatrician, I see patients every day who have mental health issues. I believe that they and their parents need support."
“We all have mental health, and the more we talk to each other about it, the more we learn about our own. Mental health does not have one answer or vaccine that will cure-all. It's an ongoing battle, but it's one that we can fight and overcome together. ”
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
FORMER BOARD MEMBERS
Former Board Member and Managing Director
Former Director of Technology
Former Board Member, Legal
Thoughtful coordination of services is critical.
At SafeSpace, we believe that youth benefit greatly from a cohesive continuum of care that spans from early intervention and prevention to acute inpatient services. While more than $120 billion is spent annually on mental health disorders, much of this care is disjointed and not focused on early intervention and prevention or just not accessible. For this reason, we are teaming up with partners to assist us in providing quality clinical care.
We believe these alliances will ensure that any clients who walk through our door will have access to the appropriate level of care.
Want to become a partner?
SafeSpace chooses its clinical partners and non-clinical partners carefully. We require that they both have a focus on youth between the ages of 12 to 26 and the ability to provide programs for all socio-economic backgrounds, and offer hours of operation that are convenient for the community they serve. Here are some other specific requirements:
If you’re interested in becoming a SafeSpace partner, reach out to our Executive Director, Annie Kim, email@example.com.
- A minimum of three years of experience working with teens and young adults
- Will offer best practices in its category, and several communication options to meet the needs of the age group it serves. i.e. (text, email, phone, a bi-lingual option)
- A sliding scale payment option and variety of insurance options.
- Provide evidence-based therapy, and option of off-site therapy, and emergency service option
- Mandates continual education programs for its employees to keep them up to date on scientific advances.
- Works with SafeSpace to ensure the clinical environment is warm and friendly· Offers therapeutic programs that are suitable for the community it serves.
- Offers a bilingual option based on the needs of the community.
- Has a long-term vision to work with SafeSpace to service multiple communities throughout the U.S., and expand services beyond the current moderate continuum of care.