At SafeSpace, we offer the tools to help identify issues of depression, anxiety and emotional stress that can lead to negative outcomes. We’ve found that schools are overwhelmed with mental health issues of teens, and as much as they try, at times they are challenged to offer the right early intervention or prevention programs. That’s why SafeSpace has made partnering with schools a critical part of our strategy.
Together, let’s help design the SafeSpace environment, create awareness of the problem, and help advocate for peers at schools and in the community.
SafeSpace Youth Advisory Board
By Youth, For Youth
At SafeSpace, we listen to youth, and take their advice. Students on our Youth Advisory Board advise us on everything from the staff we hire and art for the walls to our brand and message. At our Menlo Park Center, we have 55 middle and high school students serving on our board in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. They are seriously awesome.
The SafeSpace Youth Advisory board (SYAB) is made up of a diverse group of young people of varying ages, genders and cultural backgrounds. The group represents the schools we serve to ensure young people's voices and opinions remain front and center. They are passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people and want to become advocates for youth mental health.
The SYAB is a concept borrowed from Australia’s ‘headspace’, a proven national mental health foundation. Youth advisors help us better understand pressing youth needs, and mental health issues they see among their peers or as some of our ‘teen advisors’ say – their squad.
SafeSpace Community Engagement Board
Fostering a more connected community
The SafeSpace Engagement Center coordinates educational events, workshops, school program, and non-clinical support groups at our site and in the community with the focus on promoting mental health and wellness. Please refer to upcoming events.
Having the youth voice become more integrated into the conversation about mental health is going to really help those who are struggling with issues.
— Senior at Menlo School
It’s a topic that is deeply stigmatized in our community and we can only work to solve issues by being open and talking about them.
— Junior at Menlo Atherton High School
I myself have struggled with mental health and there weren’t very good resources available so it’s important to me that other students can get the resources I didn’t have.
— Sophomore at Sacred Heart Prep
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