PSN Partners’ Corner

PSN Community Collaborative Meeting
Are you interested in reducing youth mental health stigma and supporting youth voice? Please join us for our next meeting where you will have the opportunity meet and hear from members in our community who have the same interest. Please sign-up for our newsletter to hear about upcoming meetings.

Mental Health Education Courses

Mental Health First Aid
Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance abuse related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Click here to find a class near you!

Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people (ages 12-18). The course introduces mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD) and eating disorders.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training  
Free workshop in partnership with the Palo Alto Community Health Fair
Saturday, September 23, 2017
2:00-4:00 pm
Palo Alto City Council Conference Room
250 Hamilton Avenue (Enter through King Plaza)
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) are 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.  People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Sign up today! 

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Program
Free 2-Day Training
October 16 & 17
8:30 am-5:00 pm
Location TBA
ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. This training teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.  Training is open to those who live/work in Santa Clara County.  Click here to register.

Children’s Heath Council (CHC) Continuing Education Courses
Multiple classes and dates throughout the year
650 Clark Way, Palo Alto

CHC offers Continuing Education courses taught on site by top professionals each year. Classes are accredited by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and the American Psychological Association and are led by licensed professionals. Continuing Education credits are offered for LMFTs, LCSWs, SLPs and Psychologists.

Question, Persuade & Refer (QPR) Online Suicide Prevention Training
Ask a Question, Save a Life
Sign Up Here!
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) are 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.  People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. This free 1-hour online training you may take at your own pace.

Why QPR Training Matters- “It gives us all hope for preventing youth suicide, ” Paul Quinnett, PhD, Founder of QPR Institute. Counties implementing gatekeeper trainings had significantly lower suicide rates among aged 10 to 24 years than similar counties that did not implement trainings (1.33 fewer deaths per 100,000; p=.02).Walrath, C. et. al (2015). Impact of the Garret Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Program on Suicide Mortality, American Journal of Public Health, 105, 896-993.


Community Activities & Events 

Lunch and Learn: Cultural Competence in Suicide Prevention with Dr. Joyce Chu
May 12, 2017
1:00-2:30 pm
Learning Partnership

1075 E. Santa Clara Street (Training Room 3)
San Jose, CA 95116
Lunch will be served! For more information, contact: 

Job Opportunities

Prevention Program Analyst I – Suicide Prevention Associate (Sent by Evelyn Tirumalai)
This is a full-time position in Behavioral Health Services –Mental Health/Integrated Behavioral Health. Candidates with strong epidemiology and public health backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This is an open competitive job listingPlease see the bulletin announcement at this link.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed for Challenge Days
@ Jordan Middle School
 (Sent by Lillian Horn)
Jordan Middle School is hosting two Challenge Days this year, one on Tuesday, January 17 and another on Thursday, February 2 and is in need of parent and community volunteers to participate with the students.  Jordan’s Challenge Day is an experiential social and emotional learning program for students in grades 7 and 8. The aim of the program is to ignite a shift toward greater school connectedness, empathy, and inclusivity. Click here for more information >  Contact Lillian Horn to volunteer >

Call for Mentors! Rise Together Education (RTE)  
RTE relies on community members to inspire, motivate, and encourage students as they navigate the college preparation process. An RTE mentor may help a high school junior or senior:

  • navigate nationalized testing (ACT or SAT)
  • edit essays
  • guide students through the application process
  • apply for scholarships
  • and other needs related to pursuing a college education

To ensure that students are able to foster strong relationships with their mentors, as well as to make sure students academic needs are met, we require all mentors to commit to at least 1-year with RTE.

Seeking Masters of Social Work to Supervise Interns
Reach & Rise Mentoring Program
 (Sent by Michael Anderson)
The YMCA of Silicon Valley is seeking Licensed Masters of Social Work to supervise interns for our Reach & Rise Mentoring Program. The time commitment is roughly one hour per week and supervision can be held over video conference. Total hours is around 50 per year!  If you or anyone you know is an MSW and is looking to supervise, please contact Mike Anderson at 618-616-9411 or email at

Policy Update

California Legislation on Youth Mental Health (From Linda Lenoir, HEARD Alliance and Vic Ojakian, NAMI)  Check out the status of key bills that are currently in the State Assembly:

  • AB 2017 (McCarty): Establishes a College Mental Health Trust Fund
  • AB 2246 (O’Donnell) PASSED: Requires School Districts (LEAs) which have grades 7-12 to have Suicide Prevention Policies.
  • AB1644 (Bonta): School based early mental health intervention and prevention services.

Please go to the AFSP online action center to participate in this action and lend your voice to this effort.

Interesting Read

Last year, PSN had the wonderful opportunity to hear from Dr. Maddie Gould, noted suicidologist, speak last year in September 2015 at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Last month, Dr. Gould penned a perspective in the New York Times.

Research-in-Action Studies

The Daily Rest Study, A Study of Sleep in Youth with Bipolar Disorder (Recruiting Participants Now)
Contact (650) 736-2689 |
Sleep and circadian rhythms are commonly disrupted in adults with bipolar disorder and these disruptions have been shown to relate to mood changes. However, very little is known about the ways in which sleep and circadian rhythms may be disrupted in youth with bipolar disorder, or how such disruptions may affect mood in this population. The goal of the study is to address this gap. Participating in this study may help advance knowledge about the nature of sleep and circadian disruption in bipolar disorder. An interested youth and parent must first complete a confidential phone interview with one of our staff members to help determine eligibility for the study. If the youth seems eligible, both the participant and parent complete in-person interviews and questionnaires at Stanford University to finalize eligibility.

The Teen Wellness Project (in collaboration with the Palo Alto YMCA and
Teen wellness in the Palo Alto community is a major concern.  Attempts to improve teen’s wellbeing should start early in order to prevent major negative consequences in their future lives. An effective universal program used on improving well-being (that could reach the whole Palo Alto youth community at early ages) would represent a significant benefit to Palo Alto families and the community as a whole.  In response to these need, a group of researchers from Palo Alto University (PAU) are evaluating a Teen Wellness online intervention for youth from the Palo Alto community.  This is a project that aims to provide online teen wellness education to 150 youths, free of charge, in collaboration with the Palo Alto YMCA.  For more information, please contact Eduardo Bunge, Ph.D.

Recently Published Research

National Trends in the Prevalence and Treatment of Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults (Beth HanRamin Mojtabai, and Mark Olfson)
This study examined national trends in 12-month prevalence of major depressive episodes (MDEs) in adolescents and young adults overall and in different sociodemographic groups, as well as trends in depression treatment between 2005 and 2014.  Download the report.

California Health Kids Survey (CHKS)
Download your copy of the recently released 2013-15 California Healthy Kids Survey.

Suicide In America: Rate Reaches All-Time High, Especially Among Teen Girls (Medical News Daily, April 23, 2016)

The economic and emotional costs of suicidal behavior among U.S. families, communities, and society have become a serious public health concern. America’s suicide trend was on the decline during the early 90s, but since then the rates of self-destruction have skyrocketed to a 30-year high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., with more than 41,000 Americans taking their own lives each year and more than 494,000 Americans receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries.The CDC report reveals a 24 percent increase in suicide between 1999 and 2014, rising from 10.5 to 13.0 per 100,000 people. The average annual percent increase was 1 percent per year from 1999 through 2006, but it increased to 2 percent per year from 2006 through 2014. Suicide rates were especially high for teen girls and men and women under 75 years old, The New York Times reported. In teens, there was a 200 percent jump among girls aged 10 to 14, and a 43 percent increase in men aged 45 and 64.