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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.

Project Safety Net Updates and Event Highlights

          • Epi-Aid Investigation in Palo Alto Update:
            • CDC Epi-Aid Preliminary Findings on youth suicides in Santa Clara County have been posted.  Read PSN Executive Director Mary Gloner’s Letter to the Community that talks about the purpose, process, preliminary findings and next steps.
            • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have completed the field portion of the Epi-Aid investigation of youth suicide in Santa Clara County, which took place February 16-29, 2016.
            • The Epi-Aid team is continuing to analyze existing data in order to make recommendations on youth suicide prevention strategies that can be used at the school, city, and county levels. This includes information on current youth suicide prevention and wellness programs and activities and policies provided by Project Safety Net’s (PSN) collaborative partners. The final report is scheduled to be released at the end of 2016; however, the date is subject to change.
            • Because the Epi-Aid could not include new data collection in the field, Project Safety Net implemented a community survey in Palo Alto to better understand local perceptions around youth suicide and prevention, which they will share with all partners involved in the Epi-Aid process. They also partnered with the Palo Alto Unified School District and the City of Palo Alto to hold conversations with youth involved in suicide prevention activities, which will similarly be shared with all involved.
            • For the latest updates, please check this website frequently and for general information, please  link to the Epi-Aid OverviewCDC/SAMHSA field visit and Epi-Aid Investigation FAQs.
            • PSN will convene a Community Collaborative Meeting on Wednesday, July 27th from 4-6 pm, which will include an update from SCCPHD on the Epi-Aid investigation and these preliminary finding. The meeting will be held Wednesday, July 24th, Rinconada Library. RSVP here.

          • Read our latest issue of Project Safety Net e-News (Summer 2016).
            • Project Safety Net Community Survey: The survey is now closed. We thank the Palo Alto community for voicing your opinion on youth well-being and suicide prevention as well as the many individuals who helped PSN promote the survey. From 6/3-6/24, we received over 1700 responses. The information will be shared with the Epi-Aid partners and reported back to the community. Please stay tuned for future updates.

            • 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.

            •  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 jfrecceri@pausd.org. Read a past article on SoS from NPR on why it’s an effective peer support program.

            •  Featured Resources
              • 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.


              Featured Websites for Teens


              Outlet is an LGBTQQ Youth organization based in Mountain View, California. As the Peninsula’s only comprehensive LGBTQQ Youth organization, including bilingual Spanish language services, they work with local communities to support and empower LGBTQQ Youth.



              Reach Out is run by the Inspire USA Foundation.  Inspire’s mission is to help millions of young people lead happier lives.



              Adolescent Counseling Services empowers teens and their families in our community to realize their emotional and social potential through counseling and preventive education.

              Trevor Project

              The Trevor Project

              The Trevor Project is the leading National organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.