The Indian Health Service (IHS) is working to promote protective factors and reduce risk factors on a community, family, and individual level, to decrease youth suicide-related thoughts, attempts, and deaths. To achieve this goal, the IHS is engaging Tribal leaders in the development and implementation of a community-wide education campaign rooted in Native traditions; promoting the early identification of youth at risk for self-harm; engaging elders to increase connections between youth and their traditions and heritage, and to restore intergenerational relationships; and promoting the sacredness of life.
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 Jason Foundation (JFI) is dedicated to the prevention of suicide through educational and awareness programs to equip youth, educators, and parents with tools and resources to identify and assist at-risk youth.
Kognito is a proprietary technology that uses role playing to enable the creation and delivery of cost effective experiences, where learners can experiment, learn, and practice skills to change health behaviors.
Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) is a Native-specific community prevention and strategic planning curriculum developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with American Indian/Alaska Native people. The GONA has been used to move communities toward healing, and to address issues related to planning and prevention.
The JED Foundation (JED) is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to protecting emotional health and preventing suicide among teens and young adults. JED partners with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse, and suicide prevention programs.
Organizations and Programs
Center for Native American Youth
The Center for Native American Youth is committed to improving the health, safety, and well-being of Native American youth, and in particular, to preventing youth suicide. Founded by former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, the center aspires to develop meaningful partnerships with Tribal governments and organizations. The Center holds youth summits and roundtables throughout Indian Country to bring together youth, Tribal leaders, key partners, and experts to discuss the challenges young people face, and best practices on how to respond to those challenges.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention sponsors research projects, education, and advocacy. Supported by members and private donors, the Foundation has 50 chapters around the country.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
The SPRC provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist states, organizations, and coalitions in developing suicide prevention programs, interventions, and policies.
National Council for Suicide Prevention
The National Council for Suicide Prevention is a coalition of nine national organizations working to prevent suicide. Its mission is to advance suicide prevention through leadership, advocacy, and a collective voice.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
The AFSP is the leading national organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education, and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and to those impacted by suicide.
Suicide Prevention Resource Guide 2012
The Children's Safety Network resource guide, Suicide Prevention Resource Guide 2012 [PDF - 2.5 MB], provides an in-depth overview of resources available for youth and young adults.
To Live to See the Great Day That Dawns:
Preventing Suicide by American Indian and Alaska Native Youth and Young Adults
To Live to See the Great Day That Dawns is a 170-page guide from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that lays the groundwork for comprehensive suicide prevention planning. The guide explores some of the cultural issues around prevention and describes respectful approaches. It provides practical tools and resources that a community can use for assessment, program selection, coalition building, and implementation of a comprehensive plan. The guide also covers actions a community can take in response to a suicide to help the community heal and prevent suicide contagion.
Preventing Suicide: A Tool Kit for High Schools
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a tool kit to assist high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. The tool kit will help schools and their partners: assess their ability to prevent suicide and respond to suicides; learn strategies to help students at risk for suicide; understand how to respond to a suicide; respond to the needs and cultures of the students; and integrate suicide prevention into other school activities, such as preventing the abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
After a Suicide: A Tool Kit for Schools
After a Suicide: A Tool Kit for Schools is an expertly researched, practical guide for high school administrators, teachers, and others who need to respond in real time to the crisis caused by a student’s death. Produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, this 50-page document advises on how to help students cope, prevent suicide contagion, and monitor social media. It also advises on how to work with the community, properly memorialize, and speak to the news media. Helpful templates, checklists, and resources are included.
Distinguished speakers and program leaders have presented their ideas about youth suicide prevention at IHS-sponsored conferences. Following are their presentations and tool kits for implementing programs on youth suicide prevention.