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
- Please RSVP for our PSN Community Collaborative meeting Wednesday, May 25th, 4-6pm at the Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom. PSN is celebrating May is Mental Health Matters Month! At this month’s meeting, participate in a May is Mental Health Matters Month activity. Learn about the Bryant Street Garage Fund, a youth grants program and hear from youth who have received a grant. Hear from Vic and Mary Ojakian on their suicide prevention activities that includes legislation, upcoming events, and trainings. Get the latest updates from PSN and collaborate with other PSN partners.
- Epi-Aid Investigation in Palo Alto Update:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Santa Clara County of Public Health Department (SCCPHD) have completed the field portion of their visit in Palo Alto which happened between February 16-29, 2016.
- As part of the investigation, the CDC will review information on CURRENT youth suicide prevention and wellness programs, activities, and policies.
- Project Safety Net, in collaboration with the PAUSD and the City of Palo Alto, hosted a youth meeting and will be sending out a community survey for additional context to provide to the CDC/SAMHSA. Dates for the survey will be announced soon.
- For the latest updates, please check this website frequently and for general information, please link to the Epi-Aid Overview, CDC/SAMHSA field visit and Epi-Aid Investigation FAQs.
- Free QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Suicide Prevention Course – Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 6-8pm. QPR training helps you learn the signs of suicide, and what to do to help prevent this most preventable of deaths. QPR, modeled after CPR training, is an emergency response to someone in crisis. You will learn about myths and facts related to suicide; warning signs of suicide; how to ask the right questions; how to persuade someone in crisis to seek help; and to refer them to resources. Class will be held at Lucie Stern Community Center, Fireside Room. Email PSN at PSNPaloAlto@gmail.com if you’d like to be notified when registration opens.
- 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.” Read an op-ed from a Palo Alto teen for Palo Alto Online “Guest Opinion: Unmasking the truth — Beyond the stigma of mental illness“
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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