Welcome to Project Safety Net!
Project Safety Net is a collaborative community network held together by a common interest of fostering youth well-being in Palo Alto. Our mission is to develop and implement a community-based mental health plan that includes education, prevention and intervention strategies that together provide a “safety net” for youth in Palo Alto, and defines our community’s teen suicide prevention efforts.
Updates and Event Highlights
- Between February 16-29, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Santa Clara County of Public Health Department (SCCPHD) will conduct fieldwork in Palo Alto for an Epi-Aid investigation. A key objective of the investigation is to examine the patterns and trends of fatal and non-fatal suicidal behaviors among youth from 2008 through 2015 in Santa Clara County, California. This investigation will offer recommendations on youth suicide prevention strategies that can be used at the school, city, and county levels. For more information, please link to CDC field visit and Epi-Aid Investigation FAQs.
- Project Safety Net is excited to announce the appointment of our new executive director Mary Gloner. Please our next PSN Community Collaborative Meeting, Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 4-6 p.m. at the Mitchell Park Community Center. Please RSVP to PSNPaloAlto@gmail.com.
- Read Gunn High School’s The Oracle on their “Changing the Narrative” series that tells personal stories of strength, hope, healing and growth. Read Paly student and Campanile Lifestyle Editor, Aiva Petriceks’ article “Changing my narrative: discovering the value of counseling.”
- The documentary “Unmasked” created by Gunn and Paly students that explores teen mental health in Palo Alto has been chosen “Audience Choice Winner” at the Student Filmmaker Awards Awards.
- Learn about Paly and Gunn High School’s peer support program Sources of Strength (SoS) and Paly’s LETS Bring Change 2 Mind, a student-led club initiative that allows all teens the opportunity to learn and explore more about mental health topics in a safe and supportive environment. Contact Jonathan Frecarri to get involved at email@example.com. Read a past article on SoS from NPR on why it’s an effective peer support program.
- Learn about the City of Palo Alto’s “means restriction” efforts to limit access to the railroad tracks. Research has shown that “means restriction” is an important part of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. The safety improvements are being done in conjunction with Caltrain. Safety improvements include fence installation and enhancements, vegetation and brush removal, and the piloting of an intrusion camera detection system.
- Please visit our new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page about teen mental health, our community efforts on teen suicide prevention and fostering youth well-being. Read PSN Partner Meg Durbin’s guest opinion in the Palo Alto Weekly, “Community embraces responsibility to help our youth.”
- What can parents do right now to decrease the risk of suicide in their children?
by Adam Strassberg, M.D. (Guest Opinion: Keep Calm and Parent On)
- How to help someone in crisis
by Dr. Meg Durbin, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and Dr. Shashank V. Joshi, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, on behalf of the executive committee of the HEARD Alliance.
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