Upcoming Events

Thankfulness Challenge @ Turkey Feast:  Thursday, November 15th during Lunch

What is the Wellness Center?

The Wellness Center works with the Counseling Department to coordinate and expand physical and mental health support services for students. We are located directly across the main office in the Bat Cave.  Some of the services offered include:

  • A safe, supportive on-campus space

  • Brief on-campus therapy for students

  • Students can access support for depression, grief, self-esteem, family life, stress, dating violence, sexual identity, and health needs

  • Referrals to further resources both on and off campus

  • One-on-one, group, and large-scale interventions

Hours & Contact

Wellness Center Staff

Genavae Pierre Dixon, LMFT-- Mental Health & Wellness Coordinator

Lauren Rocha -- Wellness Outreach Worker

Michelle Ramos, LMFT -- CASSY Site Coordinator/Lead Therapist

Melisa Moran, AMFT, APCC -- CASSY Therapist

Samantha Podstupka, AMFT, APCC -- CASSY Therapist

What kinds of issues does the Wellness Center address? 

The Wellness Center is a free and confidential service to address issues such as:

  • Stress
  • Depression & Suicide
  • Sexual Orientation/Gender Questions
  • Sexual Harassment Issues
  • Family Issues
  • Chronic Illness
  • Peer Relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Cultural Adjustment & Identity Issues
  • Offsite Resources & Referrals

How do I refer a student to the Wellness Center?

Students, parents, or staff can visit the Wellness Center to get more information about referrals or refer a friend through their Guidance Counselor.

Students, staff, or parents can choose to e-mail gunnwellnessteam@pausd.org with concerns or referral information.  Please note this email is not monitored 24/7. Someone from Gunn's support team will address the concern as promptly as possible during school hours. If you are concerned about a student's safety, please tell a staff member immediately or call 9-1-1 after school hours.

Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY)

One on one counseling is provided through a district partnership with CASSYCASSY is a nonprofit agency that partners with schools to provide professional mental health services to students in their academic setting. Our therapists are compassionate, extremely competent and conveniently located right on campus. All services are free to the student and their parents.

Our CASSY therapists are: 

  • Michelle Ramos
  • Melisa Moran
  • Samantha Podstupka

Crisis Support

If you feel you need emotional support at this time or if you are concerned about the emotional needs of a friend, please go by the counseling office at any time during the school day. Counselors and Psychiatrists are available to talk with you. In addition, there are resources available in our community, 24 hours a day. Below are some phone numbers that you may call at any time.

  • Youth and Teen Suicide and Crisis Hotline: (888) 247-7717
  • Santa Clara County Suicide and Crisis Hotline: (855) 278-4204
  • Uplift (Santa Clara County Residents only):  (408) 379-9085

Gunn's CalSCHLS Survey Results

CalSCHLS is the oldest (since 1999), largest, most comprehensive state effort in the nation to provide local school-communities with their own data on School Climate, social-emotional and mental Health, and Learning supports and engagement through a Survey system sponsored by the California Department of Education. Henry M. Gunn's Summary Reports:

Additional Resources
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Student Wellness Clubs and Programs

R O C K logo

Reach Out Care Know (ROCK)

We are students who are committed to listening and talking with other students about anything and everything. We are here to listen and share our experiences.



ROCK is a peer advisory group/student support group that is completely student-run.

This group was formed in response to the events that happened at the end of the 08-09 school year. The Gunn community truly came together and we hope to continue that sense of community and let people know that there are a lot of people at Gunn who even though you may not know but are there for you and would like to listen, talk, and help in any way. It is also a way for students to connect with one another.

Plus, it always seems less daunting to talk to one of your peers–talking to people who’ve been through the same kinds of situations can really put things into perspective.

Sources of Strength (SOS)

Sources of Stregth logoSources of Strength is a wellness program based on building resilience at both Palo Alto high schools. Through Sources of Strength, our youth are identifying, discussing, and strengthening protective factors in their own lives, as well as working together to become agents of positive change and connectors to help those around them. As change agents, they will spread messages in person and via social media about the various sources of hope, help and strength available to the community. The Sources of Strength program actively creates a culture of increased awareness, compassion and support for all students facing the daily struggles of school and life and teaches strategies for building resilience and multiple sources of strength.

https://sourcesofstrength.org

Sources Adult Lead Contacts:

Paul Dunlap: pdunlap@pausd.org

Kristy Blackburn: kblackburn@pausd.org

Courtney Carlomagno: ccarlomagno@pausd.org

Tara Firenzi: tfirenzi@pausd.org

Genavae Pierre Dixon: gdixon@pausd.org

Lauren Rocha: lrocha@pausd.org

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Community Resources for Students & Families

KARA          Contact: (650) 321-5272

Children and teens who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives deserve the opportunity to grieve in a supportive and safe environment. Far too often, our society fails to understand, acknowledge or support their grief.Change and loss are natural in the cycle of life. We experience grief and emotional distress with any significant loss. Support from those who have experience in dealing with personal loss can help ease the pain and promote healing. Kara provides a safe place for those who are grieving or anticipating their own death to express and normalize their feelings.

Stanford Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  Contact: (650) 723-5511

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Faculty provide comprehensive clinical services using Evidence-Based intervention to achieve excellence in patient care, while implementing innovative approaches to optimize functioning and long-term outcome. These services are provided through several outpatient specialty clinics, inpatient programs, and community-based programs.

Bill Wilson Center     Crisis Line (408) 850-6125

Bill Wilson Center provides services to more than 6,200 children, youth, young adults and families in Santa Clara County through our various programs. Additionally, we reach more than 30,000 clients through our Street Outreach and crisis line programs. Bill Wilson Center programs focus on housing, education, counseling, and advocacy.

BWC Drop-In Center

693 South 2nd Street San Jose, CA 95112

(408) 925-0225

Adolscent Counseling Serivces        Contact: (650) 424-0852

Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) exists to support the wellbeing of all teens, tweens, and young adults in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.  ACS’ network of skilled family therapists and professionally-led support groups are resources that youth and their families can rely on time and again for help with life’s challenges, be they big or small.

Asian Americans for Community Involvement    Contact: (408) 975-2730

Those affected by mental illnesses within the Asian community often have difficulties seeking services. AACI Mental Health Services offers culturally and linguistically competent services that help clients overcome barriers to mental health care. We aim to decrease psychiatric symptoms, enhance daily functioning and assist individuals and family members in managing their conditions. We strive for healthy family interactions between the individual and their loved ones, as well as improved functioning within the community.

Palo Alto Medical Foundation    Contact: (650) 853-2904

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health provides a variety of mental and emotional health services, including treatment for depression, anxiety and panic attacks.



The staff interacts extensively to assure that each person's unique needs are met.



Our diverse services, including psychiatry, social work, cognitive therapy and marriage and family therapy, are available at offices in Fremont, Palo Alto and San Carlos.

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Resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ) Students & Families

Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) is committed to creating a safe and welcoming learning environment for every student. To accomplish this goal, the District is engaged in efforts to create comprehensive policies, practices and initiatives to support students who identify as LGBTQQ. 

The Gunn High School Wellness Center and broader campus community is also committed to creating a safe environment for every student. Please check out the LGBTQQ resource page for more information.

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Parent Groups and Educational Resources

Gunn Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)

THE MISSION OF THE GUNN’S PTSA IS THREE-FOLD:

  • To support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community and before government agencies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children.
  • To assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children.
  • To encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools.

 

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Past Events

Cocoa with Counselors: October 31st during lunch at the N-building

Unity Day Celebration of student stories: November 8th during lunch at the N-building amphitheater 

Positive Paint Party: November 6th during FLEX in the Wellness Center 

Sources of Strength Parent Night

October 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

Gunn's Sources of Strength students hosted an event focused on how parents, educators, and students can work together at home and in our schools to prevent the epidemics of bullying and suicide. Research has shown we can do this by creating a preventative culture in our community - one that fosters an epidemic of Hope, Help, and Strength. The evening will provide an overview of the Sources of Strength program and give attendees an opportunity to learn more about a few specific aspects of the Sources of Strength wheel from student leaders. See slides below.

Sources of Strength Parent Night Slides