The Pinoleville Pomo Nation Healing Native Youth Minds Project is funded by the Indian Health Services under The Substance Abuse & Suicide Prevention Initiative (SASP).
The Pinoleville Pomo Nation Healing Native Youth Minds Project will primarily serve Native American Youth ages 8-24 in our area to promote early intervention strategies and implement positive youth development programming to reduce risk factors for methamphetamine usage & suicide behavior. The project will also engage Native American families to reduce both of these risk factors.
The first step is to call our office at (707) 462-7801 or call the:
North Bay Suicide Prevention 24 hour Hotline of Mendocino County
1 (855) 587-6373
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1 (800) 273-8255
The Pinoleville Pomo Nation Healing Native Youth Minds Project will be providing the following services to youth ages 8-24.
Be non-judgmental. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad. Don’t lecture on the value of life. Focus on being present with their feelings.
My name is Gabriel Ray I am currently the Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Pinoleville Pomo Nation Healing Native Youth Minds project. I studied Business Management at Mendocino College. I have worked for tribal communities my entire professional career. I am a tribal member of the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians and am currently an elected councilman for the Scotts Valley Tribe. My first experience working with tribal communities was helping my uncle take care of the water system on the Hopland Indian Reservation. I was only 10 years old at the time and would measure the water in the storage tanks, test the water for bacteria, and then chlorinate the water. This is where I received my first sense of what it is to work for the benefit of your community. I have since, worked for many different tribes and under many different programs.
I am blessed to have my career revolve around working to better the lives of native families. I believe early intervention allows for the necessary support needed to help keep our youth on a positive path into their futures. We need to reach out to as many native parents as we can and support them in being strong roles models for our native youth. We need communities of role models not the negativity that dominates much of our native communities.
There is a lot of hopelessness in the lives of many native youth in today’s world. It is my vision for all native people to live lives like we once lived with strong family values, rich in culture, and free of drugs and alcohol. I dedicate myself in providing help to Natives American families as well as to non-native professionals and programs that lack the resource and knowledge to serving the Native youth of Lake and Mendocino County and all of Indian country.
Let’s support our leaders of tomorrow today!
Gabriel Ray – Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Coordinator