Wellness Center & Counseling
The Wellness Center at Paly, located across the hall from the Main Office in the Tower Building, provides a safe and supportive environment where students can discuss a variety of topics in a confidential, nonjudgmental space. The center is staffed with professionals who are dedicated to improving the health, well-being, and educational outcomes of all students. Through both on-campus programming and community-based partnerships, students receive coordinated health education, assessment, counseling and other support services to maximize student engagement and success.
We have a Refer-A-Friend Box on campus that is monitored 1x/day during the school day. It is located outside the guidance department office. This box is intended to be a means for students to write the name of a peer that they would like to connect with support. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can choose to do so. If you are concerned about a student's safety, please tell a staff member immediately or call 9-1-1 after school hours.
Students (or parents) can choose to e-mail Palysupport@pausd.org with concerns or referral information. Please note this email is not monitored 24/7. Someone from Paly'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.
CASSY - Counseling and Support Services for Youth
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.
KARA (650) 321-5272
Change and loss are natural in the cycle of life. We experience grief and emotional distress with any significant loss. Support from those who have experience in dealing with personal loss can help ease the pain and promote healing. Kara provides a safe place for those who are grieving or anticipating their own death to express and normalize their feelings.
Kara is a nonprofit organization serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1976. Our services are provided primarily by volunteers who have experience in healing from personal loss. They are trained to accompany others on their journey through a life-threatening illness and/or bereavement. There is no charge for Kara's services. We are supported primarily by tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations and foundations.
Bill Wilson Center Crisis Line (408) 850-6125
Bill Wilson Center - Centre for Living with Dying - serves children, adolescents, and adults who are dealing with grief and loss.
The Centre for Living with Dying program provides emotional support to adults and children facing life-threatening illness or the trauma of having a loved one die. The Centre also provides crisis intervention services and broad-based educational programs on grief and loss. Whether clients choose individual counseling or grief groups, they are gently given tools for coping with loss and trauma. Individual and small group grief support is available for adults, children, teens and families.
To receive services, please contact Bill Wilson Center at (408) 243-0222 and ask for an Intake Counselor.
Outlet (650) 965-2020 x22
Outlet is a youth empowerment program serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning teens (LGBTQQ) in the Bay Area. As the only comprehensive resource for LGBTQQ youth on the Peninsula, Outlet provides professional counseling, caring support services, and community building social activities to this particularly vulnerable population. In Addition, Outlet is developing the next generation of LGBT community advocates by engaging youth with leadership training, coalition building, and civic activism. Finally, as we envision a world in which all people are accepted and embraced for their true identity, Outlet reaches out to the broader community forming alliances and educating the public to eradicate homophobia.
Every aspect of the Outlet Program is carefully designed to address and foster the emotional and mental health needs of the youth. Most young people come to the Outlet Program feeling alone, scared, or isolated, often having experienced depression or suicidal thoughts. Outlet not only connects these youth to a system of support and resources, but also gives the youth the opportunity to become leaders in their own community, working towards lasting change.
Parents/Friends of Lesbians and Gays (408) 270-8182
For gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people the coming out process can be both difficult and liberating. Our members - parents, family members, friends and members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community - understand the coming out journey and we offer our support and unconditional love to people at any point in their journey.
For most people it takes time to know who you are and it’s okay to be confused, or to be uncertain about whether (or how) you should come out. Remember: you are not alone. There are people out there with the same questions and concerns that you have. And there are people who have already found their own answers. PFLAG is here to help you.
We, the parents, families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Only with respect, dignity and equality for all will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively. PFLAG welcomes the participation and support of all who share in, and hope to realize this vision.
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
Asian Americans for Community Involvement (408) 975-2735
AACI offers individual and family counseling. These services can be offered on a sliding fee schedule.