Community Activities & Events

We list numerous educational, collaborative and emotional support opportunities for community members, parents, family, and youth brought to you by PSN and our community partners.
Last updated October 7, 2021

PSN Community Collaborative Meetings (Welcome to Public!) 
Are you interested in reducing youth mental health stigma and supporting youth voice? Please join us for our next meeting where you will have the opportunity to meet and hear from members in our community who have the same interest.  Please sign up for our newsletter to hear about upcoming meetings.

For youth who are interested in getting involved with youth-specific opportunities, please refer to Youth Activities & Events.

OCTOBER – NOVEMBER 2021 

10/7 – 10/9, 5 – 10 PM | Code:Art Festival with City of Palo Alto Public Art Program at Downtown Palo Alto

10/9, 10 AM | NAMIWalks Your Way Silicon Valley with NAMI-Santa Clara County

10/10 World Mental Health Day

10/12, 7 – 8:30 PM | NAMI-SCC General Meeting: A Conversation with Dr. Tom Insel on the Future of Mental Health

10/13, 12 – 1PM | Discover Adolescent Counseling Services

10/13, 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Introduction to Developmental Assets with Project Cornerstone

10/16 Kara Walk’n’Run to Remember

10/20, 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Managing Stress and Fostering Resilience with Project Cornerstone

10/28, 12:00 – 12:30 PM | Acknowledge Alliance’s Virtual Open House and social emotional learning lesson on Coping with Feelings

10/31 Nominations for youth, adults, organizations due for Project Cornerstone’s Asset Champions Celebration

11/20 International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day and Transgender Day of Remembrance


Please join Project Safety Net and our community partners in celebrating September Suicide Prevention Awareness Month! 

San Mateo County Suicide Prevention Month 2021
All September 2021!
Each year, the San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Office of Diversity & Equity (ODE) and Suicide Prevention Committee (SPC) publishes a Calendar of Events listing events of Suicide Prevention Month. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. This year events will be in-person and/or virtual.

Training! Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings (For 18+ years old)
Fri, September 10, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fri, September 24, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Momentum for Health is providing free trainings to community members on how to help a young person who is experiencing challenges and crises in mental health or substance use. Participants will do 2 hours of pre-work and actively participate in instructor-led training at one of the following scheduled dates. Sign up by contacting Lisa at LMena@MomentumMH.org!

Pop-up Youth Art Showcase and Sale 
Fri, September 17, 2021, 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sat, September 18, 2021, 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sun, September 19, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
To Be Honest is hosting a youth and young adult mental health art showcase and sale at the Odd Fellows Lodge in downtown Mountain View! During each day of the weekend, different young artists will display their art and have some pieces available for sale. Come by to support the participating youth and learn more about To Be Honest and Momentum for Health!


Funding! Community Engagement Activity (CEA) Funding Opportunity – up to $5,000
Hosted by Santa Clara County Public Health Department Tobacco-Free Communities Program
For community organizations
Due Monday, June 14, 2021
Funding is intended to recognize the assets and strengths of the county’s diverse community organizations and populations, and an opportunity for organizations to incorporate tobacco prevention activities in existing programming.

Funding! Youth Action Projects (YAP) Grant Opportunity – up to $3,500
Hosted by Santa Clara County Public Health Department Tobacco-Free Communities Program
For youth groups and/or youth coalitions (ages 13-20 years old)
Due Monday, June 14, 2021
YAP aims to mobilize youth from across Santa Clara County to explore and showcase how tobacco and vaping has affected them, their peers, and their community.

Pride Week: As Diverse as the Universe
Hosted by San Mateo County and community partners
June 6, 2021 – June 12, 2021
San Mateo County’s 9th Annual Pride Celebration is a space to champion inclusion and wellness for LGBTQ+ folks and allies

Q Corner Chat: Gender Health Center
Hosted by Q Corner and Santa Clara County Gender Health Center
June 14, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This online event will spotlight the services provided by the County of Santa Clara’s Gender Health Center’s incredible team. It will include an expert panel of their Medical Director, Psychiatrist, Pediatrician, and Medical Social Worker, coupled with a patient panel from the LGBTQ+ Speaker’s Bureau. You will get to hear all about GHC’s services and why having specialized gender-affirming health services available is so important.

Training! Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings
Hosted by Momentum for Health
For 18+ years old
Upcoming on June 18, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (There are more for July!) 

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach neighbors, teachers, parents, peers, and community members how to help a youth or teen who is experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis.

Liberation Practices for Virtual Meeting Spaces
Hosted by Painted Brain
June 15 and June 17, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
This is a two-part training. The first training focuses on liberation-based practices that help us build our critical consciousness, empowerment, and equitable strategies for implementing anti-oppressive virtual meeting spaces. Building from this, the second training will include intermediate Zoom meeting techniques and features will be explored.

Training! Family Acceptance Project Training Opportunity
Hosted by the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department and NAMI FaithNet Office
Tailored to faith communities supporting LGBTQ+ youth
June 29, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director of the Family Acceptance Project, will guide leaders and members of faith communities to helping families increase support and well-being for LGBTQ+ children and youth.


Please join Project Safety Net and our community partners in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month this May 2021! 

Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Conference
Presented by Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Program and community partners
Mondays May 3 and May 10, 2021, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Must register for each day! 

  • Learn about current research and directions to inform local programming and planning efforts.
  • Share experiences, data, and best practices from collaborative suicide prevention efforts.
  • Celebrate the community organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to reducing and preventing suicides in Santa Clara County.

Ask an Expert: Coping with Tension in the Family
Presented by Children’s Health Council
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
They are the people you love most in the world but living 24/7 under one roof with your family is stressful and tension filled. Between sheltering in place, school at home and work at home, how can you keep your sanity? Even small things that never bothered you are major irritants now. And now you have the added tension of re-entry – with different family members having different ideas about what that should look like. How do you as a parent navigate all of this and support your family?

Weekly Parents Series on Teen Substance Use
Presented by Adolescent Counseling Services and San Mateo County Office of Education 
April 28, 2021: How to Create Boundaries
May 5, 2021: How to Talk to Your Teen
May 12, 2021: “Normal” Adolescent Development
May 19, 2021: Basics of Substance Use: When Should I Worry? How to Identify Signs
May 26, 2021: Trauma: How to Define it, Impacts on Teens and Intersection with Substance Use

Addressing the Need for Culturally Sensitive Mental Health Services for AAPI Communities
Thursday, May 13, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Presented by Palo Alto University
Reaching and providing effective mental health services to the AAPI community requires knowledge about and cultural responsiveness across a wide array of beliefs and practices. Professors Joyce Chu and Shreya Vaishnav will join PAU President Maureen O’Connor to discuss urgent mental health needs and important approaches to addressing mental health and service disparities in underserved Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

Investing in Transformational SEL: A Foundation to Support District Goals for School Climate and Academic Achievement
Presented by JFCS Center for Children & Youth, Marin County Office of Education, SEL4CA, Beyond Differences, Challenge Success
Monday, May 27, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Following opening remarks by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, two expert panels will connect the dots between the science of SEL, school climate, and academic achievement.  The panelists will demonstrate how investing in SEL supports district goals and accountability measures. Education leaders who will share SEL success stories and discuss the philosophical and practical aspects of furthering SEL in schools. Please share widely among your network of education, district and school leaders!