The Daily sat down with Associate Professor of Psychiatry Shashank V. Joshi to discuss his work as a psychiatrist, professor and advocate for student mental health. As a panel member of the California State Superintendent’s Student Mental Health Policy Work Group, Joshi provided input on a bill that requires California school districts to enact specific policy regarding suicide prevention for seventh through 12th grade students.
When I saw last spring that folks at Stanford are interested in the fates of the kids I got to know as a high-school English teacher—Palo Alto’s teenagers—I was moved and wanted to add my two cents to what the Daily had written (“After Suicide Clusters, Palo Alto Community Searches for Solutions,” May 31, 2016). Stanford could easily ignore what happens to the young people off campus, across El Camino, down the Foothill Expressway; but you don’t, and I’m grateful.
In light of several suicide clusters and an emerging need to raise awareness of mental health issues, the 2016 Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference took place in the South San Francisco Conference Center Aug. 5-6.
The City of Palo Alto is working with Caltrain to install cameras and fencing along the tracks of the Palo Alto Caltrain station. This installment is part of the City’s suicide prevention efforts following four suicides between October and March, including those of local high school students.