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CHIPAO (Communication Health Interactive for Parents of Adolescents and Others) was founded by faculty, staff, and students in the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in response to a series of adolescent suicides in the Palo Alto Unified School District from 2009 to 2015. In 2015, four of the four completed suicides were by Chinese-American students, which directly impacted the Asian community. Our aim is to join hands with community partners to hold workshops that employ theatrical vignettes and audience participation to help Asian-American families in the greater Bay Area understand the challenges faced by adolescents, including the possible impact of cultural expectations about success and mental health. Through the workshops, we aim to help families communicate more effectively about difficult topics and ultimately improve the well-being of families. ​

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