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. Direct services and prevention education are offered through classroom wellness presentations and school-wide health education events.

What kinds of issues does the Wellness Center address? 

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

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

How do I refer a student to the Wellness Center?

Teachers/staff can refer a student by contacting the student's School Guidance Counselor who can refer to others, as needed.

Parents/guardians can refer students via the Counseling Department by calling (650) 354-8212, emailing the student’s counselor, or by visiting the Wellness Center for a conversation with staff.

Students can visit the Wellness Center to get more information and/or refer a friend through their Guidance Counselor.

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:

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

R O C K logo

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

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.


Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS)

Contact : (650) 424-0852

ACS Blog

The mission of ACS is to empower teens and their families in our community to realize their emotional and social potential through counseling and preventive education.    Over the past 30 years, ACS has helped approximately 20,000 teens and their families find their way through and beyond the challenging adolescent years.  We can provide you with real information, give you straight answers, and connect you to the resources you need.

At ACS, we know how difficult it can be to talk to adults. You need someone to talk to, but you’re tired of not being understood. You want someone to listen to you, but you fear you might not be heard. ACS counselors are trusted adults that will truly listen to what you have to say, work to understand your concerns and give you guidance around the issues that you are concerned with. Your conversations are confidential and will not be shared unless there is a safety risk.

ACS counselors are at Gunn to help you with a wide range of issues, including communication with parents, conflict with friends, academic stress, relationships, depression and substance abuse.



Contact : (650) 321-5272

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.

Kara is a nonprofit organization serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1976. Our services are provided primarily by volunteers who have experience in healing from personal loss. They are trained to accompany others on their journey through a life-threatening illness and/or bereavement. There is no charge for Kara's services. We are supported primarily by tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations and foundations.



Contact: (650) 965-2020 x22

Outlet is a youth empowerment program serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning teens (LGBTQQ) in the Bay Area. As the only comprehensive resource for LGBTQQ youth on the Peninsula, Outlet provides professional counseling, caring support services, and community building social activities to this particularly vulnerable population. In Addition, Outlet is developing the next generation of LGBT community advocates by engaging youth with leadership training, coalition building, and civic activism. Finally, as we envision a world in which all people are accepted and embraced for their true identity, Outlet reaches out to the broader community forming alliances and educating the public to eradicate homophobia.

Every aspect of the Outlet Program is carefully designed to address and foster the emotional and mental health needs of the youth. Most young people come to the Outlet Program feeling alone, scared, or isolated, often having experienced depression or suicidal thoughts. Outlet not only connects these youth to a system of support and resources, but also gives the youth the opportunity to become leaders in their own community, working towards lasting change.


Family and Children Services

Contact: (650)326-6576

Growing up can be difficult. Every child should have the opportunity to grow up to be a healthy, productive member of society. Today's youth are faced with many choices and challenges that affect their daily lives as well as their future.  Family & Children Services is dedicated to increasing the strength, safety, and self-sufficiency of children, adults, and families in our community. To achieve this goal, we offer a range of innovative, accessible, and integrated programs and services addressing critical health and human services needs.

Counseling services are available for children, teens, and their families to help overcome challenges or hardships that may occur.


Suicide and Crisis Hotline

Contact: (650) 494-8420

24-hr hotline: assists those who are feeling suicidal or in a crisis and need to talk to someone. Multi-lingual counselors are available. Provides immediate and confidential emotional support and crisis intervention to those in life-threatening situations. Volunteers are specifically trained in crisis and suicide intervention and prevention.



Contact: (408) 270-8182

For gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people the coming out process can be both difficult and liberating. Our members -- parents, family members, friends and members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community -- understand the coming out journey and we offer our support and unconditional love to people at any point in their journey.

For most people it takes time to know who you are and it’s okay to be confused, or to be uncertain about whether (or how) you should come out. Remember: you are not alone. There are people out there with the same questions and concerns that you have. And there are people who have already found their own answers. PFLAG is here to help you.  We, the parents, families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Only with respect, dignity and equality for all will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively. PFLAG welcomes the participation and support of all who share in, and hope to realize this vision.

PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.


Stanford Medicine: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Contact: (650) 723-7704

The Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences  is an integral part of one of the preeminent child and adolescent mental health treatment consortiums in the country, which includes Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Stanford Children’s Health, Stanford Hospital & Clinics, and Stanford University School of Medicine.

The mission of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development is advancing science through exploration of psychopathology in children and adolescents; psychotherapy process and outcomes; early childhood stress/trauma; and psychological adjustment. Our goal is to increase understanding of the pathophysiology of youth mental health concerns including mood, eating, childhood medical, anxiety, and autism related disorders using innovative translational approaches ranging from stem cell research to imaging and clinical trials. Services are provided through several outpatient specialty clinics, inpatient, and community-based programs.

In addition, most of the Outpatient Specialty Clinics have both clinical and research components, and include specialty clinics in Anxiety Disorders, Autism and Developmental Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Early Life Stress, and Eating Disorders Clinic.


Palo Alto Medical Foundation: Mental Health

Contact: (650) 853-2904

With our dedicated team of psychiatrists, therapists and counselors, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health provides mental and emotional health services – all customized to the needs of each person who turns to us for help. This comprehensive assessment and treatment is available to patients of all ages.



Contact: (415) 865-5555

The Center works to strengthen our community by fostering greater opportunities for people to thrive, offering aid in organizing for our future, celebrating our history and culture, and ultimately building resources to create a legacy for future generations. The Center is sought out as a collaborative leader and partner, leveraging the work of community-based organizations through active engagement with over 70 local organizations.


Teenline/Crisis Intervention/Counseling

Contact: (408)279-8288