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

Institute for Social Emotional Learning
650 Clark Way, Palo Alto
The Nueva School—Hillsborough Campus
6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough
  • Responsive, Reflective and Proactive Opportunities for SEL, Sat, Jan 28th, 2017. 8:30am – 3:30pm

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.

  • Fri, Feb 3, 2017,  Autism Update with Cheryl Klaiman, PhD
  • Fri. Mar 10, 2017,  Competency Based Clinical Supervision with Carol Falender, PhD

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (A.S.I.S.T)
Free 2-Day Training
Mon, Feb 6 & Tues, Feb 7
Mon, Mar 20 & Tues, Mar 21 
Training location TBD
ASIST is a  suicide intervention workshop that teaches participants to learn about their own attitudes concerning suicide, how to recognize and assess the risk of suicide, how to use an effective suicide intervention model, and how to define and maximize community resources.  This course meets the qualifications for 15 hours of continuing education for LCSW’s and LMFT’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Register here > 

Question, Persuade & Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Class
Ask a Question, Save a Life

Sponsored by the City of Palo Alto and Project Safety Net
Tues, Feb 7, 6-8pm, Mitchell Park Community Center

Register via City of Palo Alto
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) for suicide prevention is a FREE training available to anyone 18 years of age or older. 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. The class will be taught by certified QPR Trainer Bill Larson from the Stanford Department of Public Safety.

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.

Youth Mental Health First Aid 
8-hour Training
Fri, Feb 17, 8-5pm
Santa Clara County Office of Ed. 
Oak Grove Conf Room 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training over two days designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common 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.  Register here >

Each Mind Matters Monthly Webinars
Each Mind Matters is excited to announce a series of webinars scheduled through June. Download the flyer.

  • February 7, 2017, 1 to 2pm: Skills Building Webinar: Mental Health and Stigma Reduction
  • March 7, 2017, 1 to 2pm: Learning Exchange: Tips and Tools for May is Mental Health Awareness Month
  • April 4, 2017, 1 to 2pm: SanaMente: Resources for Latino Communities
  • May 2, 2017, 1 to 2pm: Mental Health Resources for Diverse Communities
  • June 6, 2017, 1 to 2pm: Skills Building Webinar: Suicide Prevention

Teaching to the Human Core
Sponsored by EQ Schools
Sat & Sun, April 22 & 23, 8am-5pm
Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos
The EQ Schools Spring Conference is a two day conference with the purpose of integrating Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence, and Positive Psychology into schools through supporting educators’ well-being, providing them with tools, and creating a space for connection and collaboration.

Community Activities & Events 

LGBTQ+ Youth Art Showcase 
Sponsored by The LGBTQ Youth Space, YMCA, Outlet
Fri, Feb 3, 6-9pm
YMCA, 3412 Ross Rd., Palo Alto
Come to the Palo Alto Family YMCA for an evening of creative workshops and LGBTQ+ youth art.

Youth Suicide Prevention Forum 
An ACS Community Forum
Thurs, Feb 9, 6:30-8:30pm
Cubberley Community Center 4000 Middlefield Rd., Rm H1 Palo Alto, CA 
ACS experts will discuss the warning signs of mental distress & strategies for suicide prevention that can be used to help teens before they reach their crisis point. A panel will present their solutions with particular emphasis on vulnerable youth groups identified by the CDC and SAMHSA’s preliminary report.  See map to find Rm H1.

2017 Project Cornerstone Asset Champions Awards Breakfast 
Fri, Mar 24, 7-9pm
Santa Clara Conv. Center, Santa Clara
Project Cornerstone’s 2017 Asset Champions Breakfast celebrates the UPstanders whose commitment to building positive relationships with young people is making Silicon Valley a better place for young people to grow and thrive. This year’s breakfast will feature Civil Rights icon Ruby Bridges as the keynote speaker and will also be the release of the Countywide Student Developmental Assets Survey Data. Buy tickets >

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.