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PSN Community Collaborative e-News (Partners' Edition)

February 16, 2017

Executive Director's Note

Dear PSN Partners,

This past January marked my one-year anniversary as PSN’s executive director. This past year, I learned about the everyday miracles as represented by Palo Alto’s youth, families, community leaders, policies, and services that define Project Safety Net’s rich history.  A history that initially was steeped with responding to tragedy and over time has transformed into proven leadership on teen suicide prevention and youth well-being in Palo Alto and communities beyond.  This was also a year dedicated to contributing to the
“Epi-Aid on Youth Suicide in Santa Clara County and defining PSN 2.0.
This Lunar New Year welcomes the Year of the Fire Rooster, which has significant meaning. The Fire Rooster encourages us to engage our personal power to take charge and openly talk about issues that matter to us like mental health and youth suicide prevention. It is equally important to nurture what sustains us and practice self-care because these are not easy conversations. For organizations, it is not allowing political fallout distract from diligently focusing on the long-term goals that help advance its mission and realize its vision.  Building upon its legacy, PSN must move forward leading with its heart as much as its mind by trusting and accepting the contribution of diverse voices while serving the community.
In the coming months there will be opportunities for PSN partners and community members to learn, engage, and commit to act:

Wednesday, February 22nd, 4-6pm (Community Center Auditorium, Building O) – PSN Community Meeting
This regular meeting will showcase
Young Minds Advocacy as our “Partners-In-Action” presenter.  In addition, you will get an  update on the Epi-Aid Investigaion on youth suicides in Santa Clara County and learn what is in store for PSN 2.0. Please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/222-project-safety-net-community-meeting-tickets-32174732491.
Wednesday, March 22nd, 4-6pm (Location TBD) -  PSN Special Community Meeting: Epi-Aid Community Forum
This special meeting will include a panel presentation that will highlight the Epi-Aid report, PSN Community Survey, and identify opportunities for community partners to engage.
Wednesday, March 29th, 4-6pm (Rinconada Library Community Room) – PSN Special Meeting: PSN 2.0 Roll Out
A working meeting where PSN partners will learn about PSN’s proposed roadmap, infrastructure, and future direction.  Participants will leave meeting identifying opportunities to leverage their current work to advance PSN’s mission in the next three years.
In light of the current national climate, we now more than ever need to collectively come together respectfully, peacefully, and courageously for the well-being of our youth, especially the most vulnerable.

With peace and gratitude,

Mary Gloner, Executive Director, Project Safety Net

In this Issue
PSN Community Collaborative Meeting
Please RSVP
Wed, Feb 22, 2017 
Cubberley Community Center Auditorium, 4000 Middlefield Rd. , Palo Alto
Epi-Aid in Palo Alto Update
  • The CDC Epi-Aid  final report is currently in the clearance process and is anticipated to be released in early March.  Like the preliminary report, it will be posted on the Santa Clara County website with a message from its public health director Dr. Sara Cody.  A community meeting in Palo Alto will be scheduled on March 22nd.  Currently, the Epi-Aid Community Coordinating Committee is working on the logistics. More details to come soon. 
  • 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.
PSN Executive Director Mary Gloner and City of Palo Alto's Community Services Director Rob de Geus at this year's MLK, Jr. Day of Celebration at Mitchell Park Community Center.
Teen Artists, Writers and Photographers Wanted for
Palo Alto Roots Magazine

Sponsored by the Palo Alto Youth Council
Deadline is Fri, Feb 24, 2017

Palo Alto Roots is a literary magazine created by the Palo Alto Youth Council (PAYC) to encourage and foster teen voice in the community. PAYC is accepting submissions for the 2017 issue, and is encouraging all teens (middle & high school) in Palo Alto to submit their art, photography, or writing. Details can be found on their submissions page.

Please share this opportunity with your personal and professional networks.


Gunn High School's "Changing the Narrative" Series

Last year, Gunn High School's The Oracle student newspaper developed a series entitled  "Changing the Narrative" that tell personal stories of strength, hope, healing and growth every other week.

Check out their latest story 
Embracing imperfection: Senior Isha Gupta learns how to ease her anxiety and take time for herself.  In her own words, "I had to change my mindset to realize that the most important thing in my life at the moment was my mental health, even if it came at the time and expense of Model UN or practicing flute. I started trying all sorts of activities that would help me destress whenever I felt anxiety taking over – walking around my neighborhood, sitting on the porch in my garden, or reading a book for fun. I got a membership at my local YMCA, downloaded a food tracking app on my phone, and even started watching a new television series. Though I still remained a busy person with juggling classes, clubs, and a job, I learned to make use of my free time more effectively and even carve out a few hours every now and then to unwind."
PSN Partners' Corner 
If you'd like to share a new activity, event, relevant research article, etc., please send it tPSNPaloAlto@gmail.com
Mental Health Education 

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.
  • 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
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (A.S.I.S.T)
Free 2-Day Training
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 > 

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 
Stanford Parent-Teen Communication Workshop 
Sponsored by the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Join a fun, interactive workshop addressing difficult, real-life scenarios faced by parents and their teenage children. A specific emphasis will be placed on challenges occurring in Asian-American households, but all parents are welcome. 
  • Thurs, Mar 2, 7-8:30pm, Haymarket Theater, 50 Embarcadero Rd,  Download Flyer (Mandarin and Korean interpretation will be provided.)
National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Basics
Sponsored by NAMI Santa Clara County
Starting Feb 20 for six sessions

1150 S. Bascom Ave., Suite 24, San Jose

NAMI Basics is a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. NAMI Basics helps parents and other family caregivers of children to understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the critical role families play in the treatment of those illnesses. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also the parents or family caregivers of individuals who experienced emotional or behavioral difficulties prior to age 13.

2017 Mothers Symposium with Anne Lamott
Co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs
Sat, Mar 4, 9:30am-12:30pm
Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University
Featuring award-winning author Anne Lamott. Tickets on sale now for the 2017 Mothers Symposium, a morning retreat for mothers with children of all ages to reflect on the profound undertaking of motherhood.

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 listing. Please see the bulletin announcement at this link.

Volunteer Opportunities
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 Michael.anderson@ymcasv.org

Research Studies
Sleep Study for Youth 18-21   
The Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University is recruiting 18-21 year old youth to participate in a paid research study on sleep and mood.  You and your youth will receive up to $215 for completing the study. For more information about this study, please contact  dailyrest@stanford.edu or (650) 736-2689 or go to
For general information about participant rights, contact 1-866-680-2906.
Latest News

Storify.com (Palo Alto Online, On-going page that captures the numerous voices, opinions and news coverage on teen well-being.)

Teen intensive outpatient program to open (Palo Alto Online, February 16, 2017)

County approves contract for teen inpatient unit, but still looks for more services (Palo Alto Online, February 8, 2017)

Big donations boost mental health program (Palo Alto Online, January 19, 2017)

Palo Alto police to pilot psychiatric emergency team (Palo Alto Online, January 12, 2017)

Palo Alto: Teen launches website to improve mental health of peers (San Jose Mercury, December 29, 2016)

Mental-health resources for Bay Area teenagers increasing in 2017 (Stanford Medicine Scope, December 26, 2016)

Stanford Children’s Health to launch new ‘critical’ youth mental health services (Mountain View Voice, December 20, 2016)

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