Tools and Toolkits
- The Indian Health Service (IHS) Best Practices, Promising Practices, and Local Efforts (BP/PP/LE) website contains a collection of prevention/intervention strategies designed to improve the health of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Lifeline Online Postvention Manual [PDF - 103 MB] offers guidance on how to help survivors heal after a suicide or suicide attempt.
- 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 Suicide Prevention Among LGBT Youth: A Workshop for Professionals Who Serve Youth toolkit 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 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.
- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) provides support group facilitator training for mental health professionals and survivors of suicide loss.
Reports and Presentations
- The U.S. Surgeon General and National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention's report, 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action [PDF - 4.93 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.
- The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) website provides a Tribal Suicide Action Plan [PDF - 4 MB] .
Telephone Recommendations for Voicemail Monitoring and Follow-Up
Suggested voicemail protocols for staff to respond to patients in crisis seeking help.