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Community Notebook: Forum on youth-suicide report Wednesday

Project Safety Net hosting event on Wednesday, March 22

Palo Alto youth wellbeing collaborative Project Safety Net is holding a forum this Wednesday on an in-depth report on youth suicide in Santa Clara County, released earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The report includes pages of analysis of adolescent suicide rates, emergency department visits, perceptions about suicide from surveys, a catalog of existing suicide-prevention programs and an analysis of the impact of media coverage on youth suicide, among other topics.

Pamela Stoddard of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, which formally requested the CDC's investigation on behalf of the Palo Alto school district, will present the report's findings and specific recommendations relating to Palo Alto.

Becky Beacom, a health educator for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, will present highlights from a community survey Project Safety Net conducted to collect new data to provide the CDC.

Representatives from various local agencies and organizations will also participate on a panel, including Evelyn Tirumalai, a suicide prevention coordinator for the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Department; Brenda Carrillo, student services director for the Palo Alto school district; and Rob de Geus, City of Palo Alto's director of community services; Rebecca Bernert, director of the Suicide Prevention Research Laboratory within the Stanford Mood Disorders Center; and Steven Adelsheim, director of Stanford's Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing.

A parent and student from a community committee that worked on coordination for the CDC report will also participate.

Onsite childcare for child 6 months to 12 years old will be provided at the forum. Simultaneous Spanish and Chinese translation will also be provided. To request translation services, contact Project Safety Net at psnpaloalto@gmail.com or 650-329-2432.

The forum will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Cubberley Community Center's auditorium at 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. For more information and to register, go to eventbrite.com.

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