Tools for Providers
Reports and Presentations
- The U.S. Surgeon General and National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention's report, 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP): Goals and Objectives for Action [PDF - 5 MB] updates the initial strategy that was released in 2001, and reflects the most current knowledge, research, and practices for communities to prevent suicide.
- Addressing Behavioral Health Among American Indians and Alaska Natives: A Literature Review (August 2012) [PDF - 6.8 MB] summarizes existing programs to highlight approaches to address depression through outreach, education, screening and treatment.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) presentation on the Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s American Indian Initiative [PDF - 1.8 MB] assists providers in becoming more aware of the cultural needs of American Indian/Alaska Native people.
- Native Suicide Prevention: Approaches, Interventions, and Responses For An International Strategy [PPT - 5.4 MB]
The purpose of a safety plan is to act as an intervention to provide specific steps and strategies to decrease suicide risk. The safety plan should be completed as part of a suicide risk assessment, in collaboration between the patient and the provider, and should be documented in the medical record, with a copy provided to the patient.
The safety plan should include:
- Recognizing the warning sign of an impending crisis.
- Internal coping strategies.
- People or social settings that can provide a distraction.
- People who can be contacted for help.
- Professionals or agencies that can be contacted during a crisis.
- Ways to make the environment safe.
- SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) lists intervention tools, including resources for the Native American population.
- The QPR Institute offers a one-hour suicide prevention training course that teaches how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis, and how to Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) someone for help.
Tools and Toolkits
- One Sky Center offers a template designed to assess community suicide prevention components, including the American Indian Community Suicide Prevention Assessment Tool [DOC - 124 KB] .
- The Assessment and Planning Tool Kit for Suicide Prevention in First Nations Communities [PDF - 1 MB] , produced by the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO), is dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of First Nations>, Inuit, and Métis people.
- Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools provides guidance for designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health among students.
- Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Living Communities equips senior living staff with resources to promote mental health, prevent suicide, and encourage active participation among residents.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) Wallet Card: Suicide Prevention: Learn the Warning Signs lists suicide warning signs and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free phone number.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Wallet Card: Having Trouble Coping? With Help Comes Hope lists the signs of depression and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free phone number.
- The Suicide Grief Support Quick Reference website lists resources and online grief support for survivors, children and caregivers.
Telephone Recommendations for Voicemail Monitoring and Follow-Up
Suggested voicemail protocols for staff to respond to patients in crisis seeking help.