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Billings Area 2009-2014

Fort Belknap Tribal Health

The Fort Belknap MSPI project aims to reduce suicide behaviors and methamphetamine use in the community through the establishment of a crisis response team, providing Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and safeTALK gatekeeper training, and conducting prevention, surveillance, and intervention activities. The project hosts youth and traditional events and disseminates information at an annual community health conference as well as various community functions and fairs. The project also strengthens culturally sensitive approaches to care through the use of a Sweat Lodge.

Fort Peck Tribes Suicide Prevention Department

The Fort Peck MSPI project, Initiatives for Healthy Life-styles, targets youth suicidal activity and methamphetamine use in the community. The project has established a response protocol for all incidents of suicidal activity and seeks to reduce suicide by raising awareness at community events such as the youth powwow, the Native American Day celebration and parade, and various community health fairs. The project also partners with local schools and other stakeholders interested in methamphetamine and suicide prevention to offer Native H.O.P.E. (Helping our People Endure) training in the community.

Northern Arapaho Tribal Health Department

The Northern Arapaho MSPI project seeks to prevent methamphetamine use and suicide in the community through the use of evidence-based practices, cultural practices, and community collaborations. Culturally based activities are available to community members, including sweats and youth art therapy talking circles. The project provides trainings in suicide and substance abuse prevention, including Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and safeTALK, and a crisis response team is available to provide screening and referrals.

Northern Cheyenne Board of Health

The Northern Cheyenne MSPI project addresses suicide and methamphetamine use in the community, including LGBT youth and veterans, through the use of evidence-based practices, culture, traditional healing, and partnerships. The project raises awareness in the community through suicide and bullying prevention at local schools, participation in the Veteran’s Powwow, the Fort Robinson Run, healing sweats, presentations at town hall meetings, and the Keeping Family Together Conference, and collaborates with the Honor Your Life Task Force group to provide Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) trainings.