TMWIHC Receives Youth Suicide Grant

The Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center is pleased to announce the receipt of the Youth Suicide Prevention Media and Outreach Grant dedicated to addressing youth suicide prevention and mental health support. The Center at Sierra Health Foundation generously provided this grant and it is a pivotal step towards positively impacting the mental well-being of our community’s young people.
Youth suicide is a pressing issue that affects communities across the nation. The statistics are alarming, and it is crucial that we make concerted efforts to address this crisis. Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center recognizes the gravity of this situation and is committed to working tirelessly to provide resources, support, and hope to our youth.
The Center’s $479,600 grant will be utilized to fund a comprehensive range of programs and initiatives aimed at preventing suicide and supporting mental health with our tribal youth and all the youth in the community.
Dee Baldwin, Outreach Manager of The Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center, expressed gratitude for The Sierra Health Foundation’s support, saying, “This grant is a significant step forward in our mission to create a community where every young person feels valued, supported, and hopeful about their future. We are deeply thankful to The Center at Sierra Health Foundation for recognizing the importance of this cause and their commitment to improving the mental well-being of our youth.”
Our approach will include:
1. Mental Health Awareness Campaigns: We will support and implement awareness campaigns targeting schools, parents, and the wider community to destigmatize mental health issues, encourage open dialogue, and promote early intervention.
2. Youth Support Services: The grant will help us expand our youth-focused support services, including peer support groups, and ensure that young individuals have access to the assistance they need.
3. Training and Education: We will help support training and educational efforts to teachers, counselors, parents, and community leaders to help them identify warning signs and provide effective support to struggling youth.
4. Research and Data Collection: A portion of the grant will be allocated to conduct research and gather data on youth suicide rates and risk factors within our community. This will enable us to tailor our interventions more effectively.
5. Collaboration with Partners: The Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center will collaborate with The Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools and the YES program, as well as other organizations, mental health professionals, and government agencies to leverage collective efforts in preventing youth suicide.
“California’s youth are the heartbeat of our future. Sadly, too many are dying by suicide or wrestling with suicidal thoughts and feelings on their own. When they are unwell, we are all grieved,” said Chet P. Hewitt, CEO of The Center at Sierra Health Foundation. “We believe that community organizations closest to young people are critical to reaching youth. The Center is grateful to partner with the California Department of Public Health on the Youth Suicide Prevention Media and Outreach Campaign to connect young people with hope and culturally competent mental health resources through community-based organizations.”

For more information about The Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center and The Outreach initiatives, please visit www.tmwihc.org or contact Dee Baldwin at daniell.baldwin@tmwihc.org
For a full list of all grant recipients, please visit https://www.shfcenter.org/programs-and-initiatives/youth-suicide-prevention-media-and-outreach-campaign/