September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the Project Safety Net (PSN) collaborative community network has a series of free education and training programs to help support the mental well-being of youth in Palo Alto.
They are offering a two-part class on Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Suicide Prevention Training and a 5K walk to help raise awareness about mental health stigmas.
The Mental Health First Aid class uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis, select interventions, provide initial help, and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
QPR is modeled after CPR training and helps you learn the signs of suicide, and what to do to help prevent it. The first QPR training class is offered on September 8, with another one taking place at the Palo Alto Community Health Fair on September 10.
You can also help stomp out mental health stigmas by attending the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk Silicon Valley on Saturday, September 17. It begins at Arena Green West along the Guadalupe River in San Jose.
You can sign up and learn more about these Suicide Prevention Awareness events at: www.psnpaloalto.com/
Project Safety Net also holds monthly meetings for those interested in reducing youth mental health stigmas. The next PSN meeting on September 28 features a Palo Alto youth who helped inspire the new mental health centers at Paly and Gunn high schools, and a speaker who will discuss the Crisis Text Line service. The meeting takes place at Rinconada Library from 4-6 p.m.