Wellness Resources

Wellness Resources


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 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.

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


ADOLESCENT COUNSELING SERVICES       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.

KARA          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.

Outlet        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’s Services                 Contact: (650)326-6576
Parental Stress Hotline                              Contact: (408)279-8228

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.

Alcohol and Drug Hotline        Contact: (650) 573-3950

This is a 24-hour free service that offers support, information about 12-step programs, and referrals to an extensive database of social service agencies throughout San Mateo county. We help people discover strengths that they didn't know they have, and use them to overcome their challenges. We provide assistance at every step of the way, by providing prevention, early intervention, education, counseling, and residential services. We realize that most situations are complex—sometimes we work with individuals, sometimes a whole family. Some clients are able to focus on one issue, and others must tackle many interrelated issues at once. We value young people as vital community resources, and encourage people to find new ways to build relationships between youth and adults.  Most importantly, we treat every person with respect, and in many cases mold our services to meet the needs of our clients and participants. 

Parents/Friends of Lesbians and Gays
   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.

Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital
     Contact: (650) 723-7704

(Rachel Warren or Nora Martinez)

Palo Alto Medical Foundation         Contact: (650)853-4726

(Speak with a Palo Alto Division intake coordinator)

LGBTQ Youth Support Hotline     Contact: (415) 865-5555 

Teenline/Crisis Intervention     Contact: (408)279-8288