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Collecting Voices for Social Change - Palo Alto Safety Net

Original post made by Maggie Yan and Hua Zheng, Palo Alto High School, on Jun 9, 2016

Located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Palo Alto is one of the most competitive places in the country. Most students in our community have dealt with stress and pressure on a daily basis, especially in our local high schools. As students at Palo Alto High School, we know people who have personally been affected by recent teen suicide cases and other students who have struggled with depression. We believe stress relief is an urgent matter in our community and that's why we’ve decided to intern for Project Safety Net, a non-profit organization that focuses on youth mental health.

Project Safety Net is working with the Centers for Disease Control in Palo Alto as a part of the Epi-Aid Study for Palo Alto's suicide clusters. As a part of the study, PSN is conducting a survey about student’s knowledge, perceptions and attitudes about youth mental health and youth suicide.

We are trying to collect 3,000 survey responses from students and Palo Alto residents who are ages 13 and older by June 24th. These results will be part of the official CDC report for the city of Palo Alto.

To our fellow Paly and Gunn students, if you already shared your voice by taking the survey - thank you! If not, help us create changes in our community by taking 5-10 minutes to finish the survey posted below! Further serve your community by sharing our cause with others and email the link below to your friends and family that reside in the Palo Alto community.

Web Link

Thank you for your efforts in making the city of Palo Alto a better place!

- Maggie Yan and Hua Zheng
Interns for Palo Alto Safety Net

Comments (3)

Posted by Becky Beacom
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 10, 2016 at 12:50 pm

To Maggie and Hua - THANK you for all that you are doing to encourage fellow high school students to share their ideas - their voices - by taking this survey!

Every single voice will be counted - and contribute to the CDC investigation AND Palo Alto's suicide prevention focus in the near future.

In Developmental Asset surveys, youth forums, panels and everyday interactions with youth - we have heard from young people that their voice is missing from local efforts (of al types). This survey is a HUGE opportunity for youth voices to add up in large numbers - and have a direct effect on next steps right here in PA.

Thank you, both, for your hard work to "get the word out" to students in so many ways... I hope you - and many other Paly and Gunn students - will continue to lend your voices, your hearts and "feet" to Palo Alto's ongoing efforts. Thanks for choosing PSN as your internship opportunity this summer!

Posted by Michelle
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2016 at 10:42 am

This is this extremely important! Please, parents encourage your Palo Alto teens to take this survey and have their voice heard on this matter. Please, teens encourage your friends to take this survey by sharing it on Facebook or any other form of social media!

Posted by Marie
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 15, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Thank you for raising awareness about such an important issue in our community!

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