Dr. Shashank Joshi of Stanford University will be the guest speaker at an event at Gunn High School regarding the school's student wellness program, Sources of Strength.
Gunn and Palo Alto high school students, family members and the public are invited to attend the event to learn about the program and how to continue the conversations around "hope, help and strength at home and in the community," a flyer for the event reads. The event will be held on Nov. 12, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Spangenberg Theatre at Gunn.
Gunn and Paly peer leaders will also share personal experiences and describe the Sources of Strength activities currently being rolled out at both campuses. Gunn has had the program in place since 2011, and Paly launched it for the first time this year.
Sources of Strength is a suicide-prevention program that aims to create a culture of increased awareness, compassion and support for students by training peer leaders who then disseminate information about mental health to other students.
The program helps youth to identify, discuss and strengthen "protective factors" in their lives and to work together to build resilience and to become agents of positive change.
"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 event flyer reads.
Joshi -- a psychiatrist and Stanford University assistant professor of psychiatry, pediatrics and education who helps coordinate much of the Palo Alto school district's mental-health efforts -- will share his research and knowledge on the topic at the event.