About Us

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.

The Project Safety Net Community Collaborative includes mental health organizations, nonprofits, youth organizations, faith organizations, individuals, PAUSD and the City of Palo Alto staff to realize the mission of Project Safety Net.

Meet the 2015 Leadership Team:
  • Brenda Carrillo – Director of Student Services, Palo Alto Unified School District
  • Christine Tam – Director of School and Community Based Services, Adolescent Counseling Services
  • Jaymie Byron – Director of Community Outreach & Crisis Response CoordinatorKara
  • Kathleen Blanchard – Parent Survivor, Suicide Prevention Advocate and PSN Communications Committee Chair
  • Lan Nguyen -Suicide and Crisis Services Manager, Santa Clara County Mental Health
  • Lissette Morre-Guerra  – 504 Coordinator, Palo Alto Unified School District
  • Minka van der Zwaag –  Human Services Coordinator, City of Palo Alto
  • Rob de Geus – Director of Community Services, City of Palo Alto
  • Soula Nikolakopoulos – District Lead Social Worker, Palo Alto Unified School District
  • Dr. Shashank Joshi – Psychiatrist, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital/Stanford University Department of Psychiatry, HEARD Alliance
  • Dr. Steven Adelsheim – Psychiatrist, Stanford Medicine/Stanford University Department of Psychiatry, HEARD Alliance
  • Susan Usman – President, Palo Alto Council of PTA’s (PTAC)