Aunties and Uncles

Welcome to the Aunties and Uncles Program

The Aunties and Uncles Program is a prevention and early intervention program that aims to reduce suicide and depressive symptoms and increase mental health awareness among Native transitional-aged youth 14-24 years old. The program staff can assist youth and youth adults with connecting to mental health and wellness services at Sonoma County Indian Health Project, Inc. The services include individual counseling, substance abuse counseling, psychological and psychiatric treatment services etc.

Main Goals of the Program

  • Reduce stigma related to mental health challenges
  • Provide a series of traditional and cultural events in schools and tribal communities
  • Recruit Aunties and Uncles mentors
  • Incorporate youth and young adult depression screening tool into medical visits at the clinic

  • Workshops & Events

  • Talking Circles
  • GONA Workshops
  • Suicide Prevention Education
  • Family Fun Nights
  • Annual Memorial Gathering
  • Traditional Workshops


  • California Reducing Disparities Project, CRDP

    The California Reducing Disparities Project is a statewide policy initiative to identify solutions for historically unserved, underserved, and inappropriately served communities. Under the Office of Health Equity, this statewide Prevention and Early Intervention effort, the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP), focuses on five populations:

  • African Americans
  • Asians and Pacific Islanders (API)
  • Latinos
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ)
  • Native Americans

  • Sonoma County organizations awarded funding

  • Humanidad Therapy & Education Services: srosahtes.org
  • Latino Service Providers: latinoserviceproviders.org
  • LGBTQ Connection Sonoma: lgbtqconnection.org
  • Sonoma County Indian Health Project: schip.org


  • Be an Auntie and Uncle

    By tradition, Aunties and Uncles are community members that have the responsibility and privilege to teach, mentor and nurture our community’s youth. Our Aunties and Uncles work in partnership with us at traditional and cultural events in schools and tribal communities. We provide support, guidance and trainings to all Aunties and Uncles. Please contact the Aunties and Uncles Team if you’re interested in being an Auntie or Uncle.