Ko’l Ho Koom’ Mo (Youth Suicide Prevention Project)

We are a suicide prevention project within the United Indian Health Services, Inc. Tribal Public Health Division, Health Promotion & Education Department (HPE). Our project is funded through the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Memorial Grant at the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Education/Outreach on Youth Suicide Prevention

Provides suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention education and training to clients and their families. The project assists in: the development of policies to enhance suicide prevention within our local organizations, case management and education for youth (ages 10-24) and their families, and integration of the Zero Suicide Initiative within UIHS to improve quality of care to

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

A program designed for youth between ages 12 and 18. TAG members are educated on variety of issues such as tobacco education, suicide prevention, mental health, healthy relationships, and much more. TAG members are exposed to various topics with an emphasis on tradition and culture. Currently TAG is meeting once a month virtually.

Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention

Provides suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention education and training to Tribal and non-Tribal community members/organizations through evidence- and culturally-based programming. The project also provides: prevention in schools for suicide, violence, bullying, and substance abuse by training youth and caring adults to increase resilience and to positively
impact their world; prevention/intervention trainings on how to recognize suicide warning signs/risk factors, how conduct an intervention, and how to connect those at risk to mental health/helping services; postvention training in the event of a tragedy, including internal and
external messaging protocols, safety plans, and ongoing support for employees and families; awareness education to community partners on UIHS’ case management for youth at risk (ages 10-24) and their families.

Care Kits

Care Kits provided to clients struggling with mental health and/or at risk for suicide. Kits contain a collection of culturally inclusive self-care items and resources providing comfort, skills for coping, and information on youth-appropriate support services.

We Are Connected #WeNeedYouHere Campaign

This campaign originated in 2015 and strives to encourage youth to identify suicide warning signs and seek help.

LGBTQ – Two Spirit, Loved & Accepted. #WeNeedYouHere:

This campaign encourages people to learn about the different gender and identities historically found in their Tribe(s). This campaign shows love, acceptance, and support for anyone identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and/or Two Spirit. Please download, print, and pass on these amazing materials.

United Indian Health Services, Inc.

Tribal Public Health Division


United Indian Health Services, Inc.

Behavioral Health Department


North Coast Rape Crisis Team

Call 707.445.2881 (Humboldt)

Call 707.465.2851 (Del Norte)

Text 707.382.5174

National Resources

Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Call or Text 988

Chat online


Text ‘NATIVE’ to 94449

Crisis Text Line

Text ‘NATIVE’ to 741-741

Chat online

The Trevor Project

Call 1.866.488.7386

Text ‘START’ to 678-678

Chat online

Staff Contact Information

Fran Pederson
Social Worker/Client Advocate
(707) 825-4194

Alexandra Garcia
Health Promotion & Education Specialist
(707) 296-2506

Amanda Colegrove
Health Promotion & Education Manager
(707) 825-4149