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One Sky Center: the AI/AN National Resource Center for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services is a National Resource Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, Education and Research dedicated to quality health care across Indian Country. Current initiatives include Evidence-Based Practices in Indian Country and a Native-to-Native Mentorship program for graduate students and junior and mid-career faculty interested in substance abuse research.
SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) has a number of resources available on their website, including pages for the Native American population on what to do to help someone who may be suicidal.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) created a presentation on the Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s American Indian Initiative [PDF - 588 KB] to assist centers in becoming more aware of American Indian/Alaska Native communities, culture and needs.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Wallet Card: Suicide Prevention: Learn the Warning Signs is available to download or order from SAMHSA. The card lists warning signs and urges those who exhibit signs of suicide to contact a mental health professional or call the toll-free suicide prevention hotline.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Wallet Card: Having Trouble Coping? With Help Comes Hope is also available to download or order from SAMHSA. The card lists signs of depression and urges people who are having trouble coping after a traumatic event to call the hotline.
SOS Signs of Suicide, from Screening for Mental Health, is a two-day secondary school-based intervention that includes screening and education to prevent suicide attempts, increase knowledge about suicide and depression, and increase help-seeking behavior.
The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) is a Canadian not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, families and communities. Their Assessment and Planning Tool Kit for Suicide Prevention in First Nations Communities [PDF - 1 MB] may be downloaded from their site.
A project of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, Planting Seeds of Hope aims to improve access to suicide prevention services across all Montana and Wyoming’s tribal by promoting awareness, and providing training, screening and interventions.
The QPR Institute offers one-hour QPR suicide prevention training that teaches how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer (QPR) someone to get help.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day workshop for those who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping prevent the immediate risk of suicide.
safeTALK is a three-hour training that prepares people 15 and older to identify people with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.
Tools and Toolkits
One Sky Center offers a template designed to assess community suicide prevention components, the American Indian Community Suicide Prevention Assessment Tool [DOC - 124 KB].
Screening for Mental Healthalso has a downloadable questionnaire, Act now to stop a suicide—What to look for—and what to do if you are concerned about someone [PDF - 1.45 MB].
SAMHSA’s Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools provides guidance for designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. It includes tools to implement a multifaceted suicide prevention program that responds to students' needs and cultures.
After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), includes an overview of key considerations, general guidelines for action, templates, and sample materials, all in an easily accessible format applicable to diverse populations and communities.
The >National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) designed the Ensuring the Seventh Generation: Youth Suicide Prevention Toolkit [PPT - 3 MB] for child welfare and mental health programs focused on victims of abuse, children in out-of-home care, and witnesses of violence to educate tribal child welfare workers of the warning signs of suicide, risk and protective factors, suicide prevention and intervention methods.
Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Living Communities equips senior living staff with resources to promote mental health and prevent suicide and encourage active participation among residents, and may be downloaded or ordered through SAMHSA.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) offers "Suicide Prevention among LGBT Youth: A Workshop for Professionals Who Serve Youth". The kit contains materials to help staff in schools, youth-serving organizations, and suicide prevention programs host a workshop to take action to reduce suicidal behavior among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.
The NSPL's Lifeline Online Postvention Manual [PDF - 104 KB] , part of the Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s American Indian Initiative, offers guidance for schools and communities on handling online messaging to promote healing after a suicide.
Connect, a prevention, intervention, and postvention training program for professionals, community stakeholders, and youth, collaboratively creates a safety net for people at risk and provides a comprehensive postvention response after a suicide.
The NSPL has collected links to sites listing therapists and support groups on their Therapy page .
The Suicide Grief Support Quick Reference site was created in response to results from a questionnaire sent to 150 NSPL crisis centers to strengthen their ability to support survivors. It lists resources for survivors, caregivers and online grief support at: https://sites.google.com/a/personalgriefcoach.com/suicidegriefsupport/.
Statement before the Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, by Randy Grinnell, MPH, Deputy Director, Indian Health Services on "The Preventable Epidemic: Youth and the Urgent Need for Mental Health Care Resources in Indian Country, March 25, 2010" [PDF - 7 MB].
From the Urban Indian Health Institute, a report summarizing existing programs to highlight approaches to address depression through outreach, education, screening and treatment: "Addressing Behavioral Health Among American Indians and Alaska Natives: A Literature Review" [PDF - 7 MB].
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers Suicide Prevention Tools and Knowledge Briefs and links to tools to help suicide prevention practitioners and others increase awareness of suicide as a public health issue, and use connectedness and community resources to prevent suicide.
The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) site has published a Tribal Suicide Action Plan [PDF - 4 MB] available for download on their site.