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Introduction to Mental Health Month

The Wellness Center is OPEN! Follow this link to be taken to a form to submit a request for virtual support!

*Wellness Support During Covid-19 Closure

Dear Gunn Students,

With the school closure, we want students to be able to access Wellness support. Students can speak with a Wellness and Counseling Team Member during the school closure by filling out this form. Requests will be responded to as soon as possible. Requests submitted during nonscheduled school days or outside of school hours will not be checked until the next school day. Staff members are also available by email and Schoology on regularly scheduled school days Monday-Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm.

DO NOT use this form if you or someone you know is having a physical or mental health emergency.

For additional resources for you and your family, please follow this link for a variety or resources put together for the Palo alto School District!

Please use one of the following crisis resources if you need immediate help:

  • Call 911 and request a C.I.T. (crisis intervention team) trained officer to assist you.
  • Crisis Text Line: text "home" to 741-741.
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.
  • Bill Wilson Youth Hotline (24-hour Suicide & Crisis Line): 408-850-6125.
  • Trevor Lifeline LGBTQQ+ Crisis Support: 1-866-488-7386.

Santa Clara County Residents:

  • Uplift Family Services Mobile Crisis Line: (408)-379-9085.
  • Alum Rock Counseling Center: (408) 294-0579.

San Mateo County Residents:

StarVista (650) 579-0350 for 24/7 phone crisis consultation for next steps.

The Wellness Center looks forward to supporting you and if you have any difficulty accessing the form or questions please email: gunnwellnessteam@pausd.org.

Gunn form link: Gunn Wellness Center Virtual Support Request Form.

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

Staff

  • Genavae Pierre Dixon, LMFT - Mental Health & Wellness Coordinator
  • Rosie Castillo, Wellness Outreach Worker
  • Michelle Ramos, LMFT - CASSY Site Coordinator/Lead Therapist
  • Melisa Moran, AMFT, APCC - CASSY Therapist
  • Emily Rubens, AMFT, APCC - CASSY Therapist
  • Lynne Li, APCC, Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) Therapist: Available every Tuesday-Services in Mandarin available

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 CASSY. CASSY 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
  • Emily Rubens

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: