Project Title

PALOMA Partnering with Parents | Apoyando a Padres

Project Summary

PALOMA is an education program for parents and focuses on adolescent suicide prevention. For 2 months, parents receive a total of 5 education sessions (about 1 hour each) over the telephone with a Community Health Worker. Participants are referred to the program by their child’s pediatrician. Session topics include:

  • Connection and Orientation
  • Safety Planning
  • Problem Solving and Navigating Resources
  • Education and Information
  • Parent Support and Next Steps

Why it Matters

  • The 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey

found that 46% of Latino youth in high

school reported having persistent

hopelessness, 22% reported seriously

considering suicide, and 11% reported

attempting suicide in the 12-months.

  • Parents have a key role in promoting

safety, building a support network, and

communicating about suicide


  • Having strong and positive connections

with family members is important for the

mental health of Latino youth.

If you believe your child is in danger of harming themselves, you should get them help.

As a parent, you can:

  • Call your child’s pediatrician
  • Contact the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 to speak to a counselor (Press 2 for Spanish)
  • Take your child to the Emergency Room or Call 911

Project Details

Principal InvestigatorFunder
Polk, Sarah – MD, ScM
Alvarez, Kiara – PhD
National Institutes of Health
DepartmentProject Start Date
Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Co – Principal InvestigatorProject End Date
Other Co – Principal InvestigatorsTeam Members
N/ANunez, Josefa. Molino, Ellen – BBA. Marroquin Miranda, Yessica.
Perea, Isabella – MPH


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