Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention
The American Indian/Alaska Native pages from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) were customized to to enhance suicide prevention and mental health promotion resources for individuals working with American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
The AI/AN Task Force developed the National AI/AN Hope for Life Day toolkit to further advance the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s priority to change the public conversation around suicide and suicide prevention in AI/AN communities.
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a national public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, created an AI/AN Task Force in 2011, which aims to support suicide prevention efforts in native communities nationwide.
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.
The 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.
Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network PTTC Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 1 - Spring 2019 [PDF - 5.9 MB] - covers behavioral and mental health disorders at the primary care level, using the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Model, and examples of successful interventions in Native communities.
The NSPL has a Lifeline Online Postvention Manual [PDF - 103 MB] presentation on the Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s American Indian Initiative to assist with healing after a suicide or suicide attempt.
From the Urban Indian Health Institute, a report summarizing existing programs to highlight approaches to address depression through outreach, education, screening and treatment. (August 2012): "Addressing Behavioral Health Among American Indians and Alaska Natives: A Literature Review" [PDF - 7 MB].
The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) has two documents, a Tribal Substance Abuse Action Plan [PDF - 845 KB] and a Tribal Suicide Action Plan [PDF - 4 KB] available for download on their site.
From the University of Colorado's Journal of the National Center for American Indian Alaska Native Health, a report on Methamphetamine and other drug use in pregnant American Indian Adolescents [PDF - 445 MB].
Methamphetamine: Abuse and Addiction, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), provides an overview of the latest scientific findings on methamphetamine, including short- and long-term health consequences and potential prevention and treatment options.
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 - 183 KB].
SAMHSA’s Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools toolkit 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 Suicide Prevention among LGBT Youth: A Workshop for Professionals Who Serve Youth kit from SPRC 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.
Other Relevant Resources
The Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is a public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, which envisions a nation free from the tragic experience of suicide.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) strives to bring people together to understand and prevent suicide, and to help heal the pain it causes.
The American Association of Suicidology is a membership organization for those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers suicide prevention tools, information, and links to resources 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 National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center provides educational opportunities for those interested in substance abuse treatment and counseling, including health professionals in primary prevention and treatment of substance abuse.
The SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center use a culturally relevant, evidence-based, holistic approach to support Native communities in their self-determination efforts through infrastructure development and capacity building, as well as program planning and implementation.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center offers guidance for schools and communities on handling online messaging to promote healing after a suicide.
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