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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 Events and Updates  

PSN Community Collaborative Meeting (Public Welcome)
Thursday, October 22, 2o15, 4-6pm
Riconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd  Embarcadero Room, Palo Alto
RSVP to tanya.schornack@cityofpaloalto.org

Check out our latest issue of PSN E-News highlighting PAUSD updates, youth voice and mental health resources for youth and families.
Preview the documentary “Unmasked” developed by Gunn and Paly students that explores teen mental health in Palo Alto and Learn more about DocX on their Facebook page
This past summer 13 Palo Alto High School and Gunn High School students filmed a documentary about teen mental health in Palo Alto serving as a way to spark conversation between youth and adults, break the stigma around mental health and inspire hope throughout the community. 

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.


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

Click here for additional resources. See our PSN Events page for additional education opportunities and support groups for families, parents and 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

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.