If you are dealing with a mental health crisis and need immediate support, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741.
DID YOU KNOW that 50% of us will deal with a mental health challenge on our lifetime? It’s important when dealing with your own mental health, or trying to help a friend with theirs, that you know who to reach out to for help and support. For many people, the most effective care includes a mix of cultural tradition and medical care. Every step towards better mental health should be celebrated as a big deal! Everyone’s path is different, and that’s okay.
Mental Health Resources
Are you feeling something inside but can’t really identify what it is? Check out these small articles to support you in figuring out what you are feeling and find solution as well as tools on how to work on this for yourself or for a friend in need. Read more »
Check out some of these blogs young people have shared with you. Sometimes, the most valuable support is from one another. Here you will find tips navigating mental health, anger, stress, and some wonderful personal stories form young people. Read more »
This link with direct you to Native Specific resources and Guides to support young people with their mental health and how you can support a friend in need. Read more »
This link will direct you to a number of videos young people have made that can support you in identifying what you may be feeling. Read more »
If you are experiencing Stress and you are a teen, this link will direct you to some support ideas to what can be done when you or a friend are feeling a lot of stress. Read more »
This link will direct you to a page where you will find young people sharing video stories of some of the obstacles they are currently facing and have overcome. Click away and get inspired by your peers. Read more »
Walk in Our Shoes
Hear real stories from young people who live with mental health challenges. Learn about mental health facts and myths, and about different mental health challenges. Read more »
Each Mind Matters- Stories
This link will direct you to Amanda’s story and other links that share the creative ways to heal from trauma and resources to reduce Stigma around Mental health. Read more »
This is link will direct you to a guide that can help you understand how other young people who have struggled with their sexual identity have gotten support. This guide also discusses how to have healthy relationships and where to get help for yourself or a friend who is having a hard time with their sexual identity. Read more »
Active Minds has over 450 campus chapters at colleges and universities across the country. Learn more about their programs and how to get involved. Read more »
Suicide Prevention Resources
Know the Signs
Pain isn’t always obvious. Check this link out and learn the signs of suicide, what to say, and resources to share. Read more »
Find suicide prevention resources specifically for Two-Spirit/LGTBQ+ youth. Read more »
My 3 App-Easy Access to a Safety Plan
This is an App that is accessible for those who are need of a safety plan or who have a safety plan and need quick access to it. This is a way to stay connected to those individuals who are supportive when there is a crisis. My 3 App also has resources accessible to you when you are in need to stay Safe or need to connect with the Suicide Prevention Hotline as well as 911. Read more »
These articles have tips about how to talk to friends about suicide, and how to get help for yourself.
Are you worried about someone feeling depressed? Read more »
Is your friend or loved one talking about suicide? Read more »
Native Youth Ambassadors
Our Ambassadors guide all the work we do here for mental health and suicide prevention. These young leaders also help create events and programming to support all youth in the community. Interested in becoming an Ambassador? Applications will be open in the Fall.
Hello, my name is Angelina. I am 13 turning 14 soon and I am part of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation Tribe. I am dedicated and passionate with the things that I do. Aztec dancing is a big part of me because it’s not just a hobby for me but it’s a lifestyle and prayer for me and my family. Angelina has been an ambassador since 2019.
Hello my name is Annaleis Michel. I am in 10th grade and I am 16 years old. I am Miwok from Ione California. I am a part of the Sac Police Department Criminal Justice Magnet Academy at John F Kennedy high school, where we learn the basics and the background of different law enforcement agencies such as FBI, CSI, K-9, and mounted unit, etc. Annaleis has been an Ambassador since 2018 and a Founding Member of the Ambassadors.
My name is Cecilia Michel. In my 17 years of living, I am now at my senior year in high school. I represent the Ione Band of Miwok Indians. I have accomplished becoming a strong independent Native woman by participating in ceremony as a Miwok dancer, also by being a leader and obtaining academic success. Cecilia has been an Ambassador since 2018 and a Founding Member of the Ambassadors.
Hello my name is Isaiah. I am 14 years old and I am in 8th grade. I am Cherokee, Apache, Pima, and Tohono O’odham. I’m a great listener, I’m friendly, and I always follow you up with people I meet. Isaiah has been an Ambassador since 2019.
Hello my name is Merissa, I am a 13 turning 14 soon. I am part of the Pomo Tribe. I like to do Aztec dancing, baking, and playing sports. The things that make me great are that I am dedicated to what I do and set my mind to. Merissa has been an Ambassador since 2018 and a Founding Member of the Ambassadors.
My name is Mison Cadwet, I am 18 and I go to C.K McClatchy High School. My tribe is Acoma and I have been a part of NYA for two years. I am super outgoing and really easy to talk to. Mison has been an Ambassador since 2018 and a Founding Member of the Ambassadors.
Hi my name is River Burkart. I am Dakota, Cherokee, and Choctaw. I attend Rio Linda High school and am 14 years old. Some of my hobbies are singing and t-shirt design. River has been an Ambassador since 2019.
Hello, My name is Running Deer Valle. I am 12 years old and a 7th grader. My tribes are; Apache, Carrizo, Comecrudo, Yaqui, Isleta, and Zapotec. Something unique about me is that I want to be a Police Officer. Running Deer has been a Little SNAHC since 2018 and a Founding Member of the Little SNAHCS. Running Deer has now become an Ambassador as of 2019.
Hi! My name’s Yahmonee Hedrick, and I’m 18 years old. I am a proud member of the Maidu, Chickasaw, Taos Pueblo, and Ute tribes. I’m a senior at Mira Loma High School, and I’m a member of the International Baccalaureate program. Yahmonee has been an Ambassador since 2018 and a Founding Member of the Ambassadors.
My name is Bryce. I am 9 years old and I am in 4th grade. My school is Florence Markofer Elementary School. My tribe is the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. What makes me unique is that I am really good at sports. Bryce has been a Little SNAHC since 2019.
Hello, my name is Isabella Bravo. I am 11 years old and I represent the Ione Band of Miwok Indians. I volunteer a lot in my community by participating in park clean-ups and fun activities for my community. Isabella has been a Little SNAHC since 2018 and a Founding member of the Little SNAHC’s.
Hi, I am Luna Valle and I am Zapotec, Corrizo, Comedcrudo, Isleta, Apache, and Yaqui. I am in the 5th grade at Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School and I am 10 years old. I like to read and play sports like softball and volleyball. Luna Valle has been a Little SNAHC Since 2019.
Hello, my name is Peygoy Hedrick. I am Maidu, Yurok, and Karuk. I am 9 years old and a 3rd grader at Cowan Elementary School. I enjoy spending time playing soccer with my friends and hanging out with my older brother Yahmonee, and my younger brother, Koyo. Peygoy have been a Little SNAHC since 2019.
Hello, I am Sienna Posh. I’m 11 years young and I am in 6th grade. I am from the Pomo tribe. I’ve been involved with programs that help the community such as the Directing Change Video Project. With SNAHC’s support, a group of kids and I made a video around Mental health and how culture can play a huge roll in our well-being. Sienna has been a Little SNAHC since 2018 and a Founding Member of the Little SNAHC’s.
My name is Manaia Taula-Lieras and I am 13 years old and a 7th grader. I am Navajo, Umatilla, Nez Perce, Cayuse, Comanche, Mexican and Samoan. One of my proudest accomplishments is receiving a scholarship to the 2018 Intertribal Youth/Native Like Water Residential Camp in San Diego on behalf of the Nahko Medicine Tribe. In addition to being a part of SNAHC Youth Ambassadors, I am also in the leadership program at my middle school which allows me to participate in creating activities for all students and meet with school leadership. Some of my hobbies include playing the guitar and ukulele, Polynesian dancing, fancy dancing, skateboarding, photography, writing, and singing. Manaia has been a Little SNAHC since 2018 and a Founding Member of the Little SNAHCS. Manaia has now become an Ambassador as of 2019.
Hello reader! My name is Cienna Roberts and I am a Native Youth Ambassador for the year of 2019. I am a 14 year old freshman at Laguna Creek High School. I represent the Ione Band of Miwok Indians and The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota. I am a member of the Black Student Union (BSU) at my high school. In the club, we discuss and educate other students and staff on the past and current issues within the black community. I enjoy being in this club because I see it as the beginning of me becoming more aware of the problems within my community and it pushes me to stand up to issues when everyone else decides to stay silent. I’m looking to start a Native club that serves the purpose just as our BSU club does. Too many people are unaware of my people’s past trauma and current struggles. I intend to do something to represent the Native community in the school system within the next 3 years of my life. I’m a typical teenage girl who enjoys hanging out with friends and family, playing sports, and watching Netflix. I look forward to finishing high school, becoming a successful neurosurgeon, and continuing to spread the positivity of my culture for generations to come. Cienna has been an Ambassador since 2018 and a Founding Member of the Ambassadors.
My name is Kameiko Hostler I’m an enrolled member of the Hupa Valley tribe. I am extremely passionate about helping others and I feel it is my life’s purpose to help those in medical need who are unable to receive it. Kameiko has been an Ambassador since 2018 and a Founding Member of the Ambassadors.
Hi! My name is Kamaria Charlo and I am proud member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. I am the daughter of Heather Hostler and Porsche Charlo, the granddaughter of Jacque Hostler-Carmesin and the late Hilton Hostler Jr and Sylvia Purify-Allen. I come from the village of Tak’mil’din in Hoopa, California. I am in the 5th grade and I’m a great student. I have achieved Principal’s Honor Roll or higher every semester since I received letter grades. I am a competitive basketball and soccer player and have earned recognitions as the Coach Mike Shaw Basketball MVP award and top league scorer. I am an animal lover, particularly dogs and I plans to start a rescue organization one day. I would like to attend Stanford and play basketball when I’m older and possible become a WWE Superstar. Kamaria has been a Little SNAHC since 2018 and a Founding Member of the Little SNAHC’s.
Hi, my name is Greyson McCoy. I am 11 years old and a 6th grader at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School. I am a tribal citizen of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. I enjoy video games, hockey, riding my bike and spending time with my family and friends. I am huge fan of Disney and would someday love to be an Imagineer. I enjoy learning about all Native cultures and have been involved with Sacramento City Unified Indian Education since kindergarten.