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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.


Need help?  Suicide and crisis hotline 1-855-278-4204

Upcoming PSN Events and Updates      

Learn about the City of Palo Alto’s ”means restriction” efforts to limit access to the railroad tracks

At a recent community forum, the City of Palo Alto, a Project Safety Net collaborative partner, provided information, visuals, diagrams and answered questions from the community on the efforts to limit access to the 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.

Local high school alumni host dialogue about the definition and perception of success and wellness in the Palo Alto Community on August 8th @ 1pm at the Mitchell Park Community Center

Alumni will share their experiences on living in Palo Alto, and how their definitions of success have changed after graduation. The panel will be followed up by dialogue and story-sharing in small groups. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you are not directly affiliated with PAUSD. Skype/Google Hangout options are available for those out of town.

PSN Community Collaborative Meeting on August 20, 2015, 4-6pm

Get the latest PSN updates and collaborate with our strategic partners on youth well-being and suicide prevention in Palo Alto. The meeting will be at Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd in the El Palo Alto meeting room. Please RVSP to Tanya.


Back-to-school is around the corner, here are some highlighted mental health resources for your family:

Click here for additional resources.

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

PSN Reports

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.

Help in a crisis


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

Just For Teens

ACS Just for Teens

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

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.