Palo Alto and the neighboring Peninsula communities have been significantly impacted by the mental health issues of teen anxiety, depression and suicide. These issues know no economic or geographical boundaries. Whether caused by environmental factors, biological factors or both, all kids have the potential to be impacted by the effects of anxiety and depression.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, many depressed or anxious teens who are at risk for attempting suicide never receive proper treatment due to stigma around talking about mental health, lack of awareness or knowledge about their symptoms, and/or lack of access to care. Many concerned community members from local schools, hospitals, clinics and organizations around the Bay Area have pulled together to draw greater attention to this community challenge. While much effort and many gains have been made to build awareness and advocacy, a gap in teen mental health services still remains. This gap continues to put teens struggling with depression and anxiety at great risk.