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PSN Community Collaborative e-News (Partners' Edition)

Executive Director's Note

Dear PSN Partners,

The beginning of November inspired much reflection for each of us. Not only as professionals dedicated to advancing the well-being of our most vulnerable youth, but as a parent, caregiver, sibling, family member, friend, neighbor, and ally. For me, I gained a deeper connection to my life’s purpose. As PSN’s Executive Director, I am even more determined to join the many bright lights in our community as we collectively work together to protect our children, so that they can thrive in a respectful culture of openness, inclusion, and acceptance.

Returning from Thanksgiving break, I end November with gratitude for life’s many blessings. I am blessed for my family and dear friends where I draw strength. I am grateful to our PSN partners who dedicate themselves tirelessly to promote youth well-being. Thank you to the community of survivors for a welcoming and moving experience at my first International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day on November 19th hosted by American Foundation of Suicide Prevention – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and Children’s Health Council. I invite you to watch this year’s Survivor Day film, Life Journeys.  I am most grateful to the young people and children who inspire me by sharing their voice, organizing peace events, and writing letters of hope to our President-Elect. Finally, I am grateful for the opportunity to continue working beside you in 2017 as we launch PSN 2.0.

Hope to see many of you today at our last community meeting of 2016. Karen Kienzle, Executive Director of the Palo Alto Art Center and recent Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Athena Awards honoree, will talk about the Art Center’s programs for youth. As part of National Children's Grief Awareness Month and knowing that the holidays can be difficult time for those who experienced loss of a loved one, the second presentation will feature Kara.
With peace and gratitude,

Mary Gloner, Executive Director, Project Safety Net

In this Issue
PSN Community Collaborative Meeting
Please RSVP
11/30/2016 @ 4pm
Rinconada Library

- See presentations from the Palo Alto Art Center and Kara Grief Services.
- Get updates from PSN and its partners.
Post-Election Resources 
Here are some tips for parents (and caregivers) to talk with children about the election (Sent by PSN Partner PAUSD Wellness to Parents):  
Here are some tips on how to practice self-care (Sent by PSN Partner Crisis Text):  4-7-8 method54321 technique and this breathing gif.

Here are some tips on how to help a friend (Sent by PSN Partner Crisis Text):
  • Validate their feelings...and don’t try to solve the problem.
  • Recognize their strengths. (“Wow, you are so brave.”)
  • Asking questions is great, and so is just simply listening. Lots of head nodding. Lots of hugs. Just be there.
  • Help them remember things that make them feel strong. Music? Exercise? Writing?
Upcoming Post-Election Event (Sent by PSN Partner Evelyn Tirumalai):
Election Impact: What to Expect Out of Washington in 2017 (Webinar)
Sponsored by the National Council for Behavioral Health
Thurs, Dec 15, 2016, 10-11am PST

Join the National Council as they break down the election results and forecast what it means for your organizations, your members and your clients. Attendees will learn about opportunities to influence policy and effective techniques needed to succeed.
 
Epi-Aid in Palo Alto Update
  • Epi-Aid Community Coordinating Committee is co-chaired by the Santa Clara Public Health Department and Project Safety Net.  The committee represents five jurisdictions: Community, Education, Government, Healthcare Systems and Members-at-Large.  The committee's primary objectives are the following: (1.) Review preliminary and final CDC/SAMHSA reports (2.) Develop and execute dissemination plan for CDC/SAMHSA reports and (3.) Review CDC/SAMHSA recommendations. Download the latest Epi-Aid CCC member list.
  • The final report is anticipated to be released in early 2017. 
PSN Partners' Corner 
If you'd like to share a new activity, event, relevant research article, etc., please send it tPSNPaloAlto@gmail.com
Events and Resources:
 
Tips for People Grieving During the Holidays (From Kara Grief Services)
Family Holiday Volunteering
If you're looking for a way to get your family into the holiday spirit by helping others, check ouhttp://www.familyholidayhelpers.org, a non-profit web site created by a mom of two PAUSD students to help families find local volunteering opportunities during the holiday season. There are a variety of local opportunities for families, such as prepping/serving food for Thanksgiving, working a shift at a food bank or holiday warehouse, or donating food or gifts for those in need. Happy volunteering!
PSN Partners' Announcements:

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.

Education Courses:
Media Rules: Healthy Connections in the Digital Age (via YouTube)  (Sent by PSN Partner Challenge Success)
Here's another opportunity to view the recent Challenge Success' event Media Rules featuring Dr. Steiner-Adair, along with Dr. Denise Pope and Dr. Madeline Levine. This community meeting that drew over 1,400 people provided our community with important research and offered specific advice on how to navigate the media revolution.

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
 
Research-in-Action:
The Daily Rest Study, A Study of Sleep in Youth with Bipolar Disorder (Recruiting Participants Now)
Contact (650) 736-2689, dailyrest@stanford.edu
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.

 
PSN Youth and Partner-in-Action: Gunn and Paly Wellness Centers

PSN Partner-in-Action: Project Cornerstone
 
Thank you to Executive Director Anne Ehresman for her presentation on Project Cornerstone's Developmental Assets and parent volunteer Lili Roessig for her presentation on Project Cornerstone's ABC Classroom Reader Program which lists age appropriate books that promote socioemotional learning. 
Youth voice matters in Palo Alto. It was great to see students unite from Palo Alto and neighboring communities. In the article, it states "...traffic stopped while students from Palo Alto High, Gunn High, Castilleja School and other schools marched down the middle of University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto, cheering and chanting "love trumps hate" and "love breaks walls."
Local Mental Health Resources, Advocacy Opportunities & Events

This section highlights mental health events, support groups and resources for youth, parents, and caregivers.  Please send submissions to PSNPaloAlto@gmail.com,
Youth Activities & Events 
Please be sure check out additional educational, collaborative, advocacy and emotional support opportunities for youth brought to you by PSN and its community partners.

Drop-in Documents Day
Outlet (via Adolescent Counseling Services)
December 10
, 2016, 2-6pm

643 Bair Island Road, Suite 301, Redwood City, CA 94063

For trans/non-binary/intersex community interested in finding out more about and/or filling out legal name and gender change documents, including fee waiver forms. Therapists and other providers will support folks through the process.

Teen Writing Club
1st and 3rd Thursdays of each Month, 4pm-5:30pm
Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto

Share your passion for writing with other teens. Writing prompts, activities, and light snacks provided. Grades 6-12. 


Join the Teen Mental Health Committee
Sponsored by the Children’s Health Council (CHC)
50 Clark Way, Palo Alto

CALLING TEENS! CHC started a Teen Mental Health Committee at CHC and are inviting high school students from across the Peninsula to participate. This committee will be a place to voice ideas, develop solutions, and take collective action on addressing teen mental health and suicide in the community. The meeting is open to rising 9-12 grade students. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Parnes.

Youth Community Service Volunteer Opportunities
Check out their November Shout-Out e-News that lists the latest volunteer opportunities for youth in and around Palo Alto.

FREE Drop-in Teen Yoga 
Sponsored by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Every Tues, 4:15-5:15pm
Palo Alto Center, 67 Encina Avenue, Palo Alto

After a long day, teens can drop in to strengthen and stretch their bodies and minds. This fun, interactive curriculum incorporates physical exercise, breath work and activities that help to energize, manage stress and connect better with themselves and their peers.



Community Activities & Events 

City of Palo Alto Library Parent Ed Series
Co-sponsored with Parents Place
Rinconada Library Embarcadero Room
1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto

Get help navigating parenthood! Meets the first Thursday of every month and covers tough topics such as discipline, manners, and preparing for different life stages. Registration required.
  • Thurs, Dec 1, 2016 - Clear the Clutter
  • Thurs, Jan 5, 2017 - Empowering your Daughter
  • Thurs, Feb 2, 2017 - Boys and Discipline
The Teenage Brain and Parenting with a Growth Mindset
Sponsored by the Children's Health Council, Teen Mental Health Initiative
Wed, Nov 30, 2016, 6:30-8pm
650 Clark Way, Palo Alto

Please join CHC this discussion with Project Cornerstone's Anne Ehresman. 

 
Latest News
Suicide survivors urge open conversations, awareness around mental health (Palo Alto Online, November 17, 2016)
In election protests, Palo Alto students urge love in the face of hate  (Palo Alto Online, November 15, 2016)
Post-election, local educational institutions emphasize inclusion (Palo Alto Online, November 11, 2016)
Menlo Park: Group plans to launch mental health clinic for youths  (San Jose Mercury, November 3, 2016)
Palo Alto police officer honored for work with youth (Palo Alto Online, November 2, 2016)
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