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National Suicide Prevention Week

SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017

In recognition of Indian Health Service (IHS) Project Initiatives focus on National Suicide Prevention Week #NSPW, the IHS is spotlighting activities and events being held in Indian Communities.

Suicide Prevention Week ribbon

Albuquerque Area

Pueblo of Acoma Behavioral Health Services MSPI Project

Purpose Area 4—Generation Indigenous

Question, Persuade, Refer (Q.P.R.) Suicide Prevention Model - The Pueblo of Acoma Behavioral Health Services MSPI Project is observing Suicide Prevention Awareness Month by increasing suicide prevention awareness, teaching the warning signs and risk factors for suicide, and identifying available resources for help and support. The event kicks off with two Adult Mental Health First Aid training sessions on September 12th and 14th, followed by two Q.P.R. training sessions on the 26th. A community Yellow Ribbon Suicide Walk for Life will be held on September 28th. At dusk, participants can release a butterfly in memory of someone they’ve lost to suicide during the Memorial Butterfly Release Ceremony. Mental health professionals will be available onsite to provide support services. The event will conclude with a closing prayer by Pueblo of Acoma Governor Kurt Riley. All events are free and open to the public.
Contact: Tonya Louis


Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC)

Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (MSPI)

For Suicide Prevention Month, ANTHC is hosting several prevention outreach events on the Alaska Native Health campus. Each week has a theme: week one, Know the Signs, two: NSPW, week three: Seek Help, and week 4: Reach out. The goal is to send a message of hope and encourage people to reach out to others sooner versus later. Events include: Reasons for Living Showcase; safeTALK; Suicide Awareness Movie Screening; Breath of Life, QPR Gatekeeper Training, a Wear your Tell Your Heart Story t-shirt, and the Tell Your Heart Story Youth Photo Contest Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  for American Indian and Alaska Native youth up to age 25.
Contact: Janie Ferguson

Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA) MSPI Generation Indigenous (Gen-I)

Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (MSPI)

Question. Persuade. Refer. Suicide Prevention Model - KANA MSPI staff will use the evidence-based gatekeeper training Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) and suicide prevention model to host trainings in every community on Kodiak Island on September 7, 2017. QPR combines elements such as formal workshops, role playing, traditional talking circles, and storytelling. Certified instructors and facilitators hope to promote wellness and improve the future of Alaska Native youth by breaching cultural barriers associated with discussing suicide and self-harm.
Contact: David Galat


Ko’l Ho Koom’Mo (Working Together)

Zero Suicide

Presentation/Table/Trainings - The Ko’l Ho Koom’Mo (Working Together) Youth Suicide Prevention Project at United Indian Health Services kicks off the month by presenting to the County Board of Supervisors on Zero Suicide and their organization's work towards the initiative. Other program activities throughout the month include the Out of the Darkness Walk, program tabling at local events and at all 8 clinic locations, and engaging the community by leading various suicide prevention trainings.
Contact: Rob England

Toiyabe Indian Health Project

Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (MSPI)

Walk for Life on September 29, 2017 - The Toiyabe Indian Health Project will host a community walk to raise awareness and provide education on suicide prevention. The walk’s focus is to honor those who have died by suicide. This will be the 5th year for the walk.
Contact: Sheila Turner


Elbowoods Zero Suicide

Zero Suicide Initiative

13 Reasons Why NOT (to attempt suicide) - The project will publish weekly highlights with community statistics, risk factors, signs, and resources in the local tribal news and will post a behavioral health poster/bulletin display with facts and resources in the health clinic lobby. The project will also distribute Yellow Ribbon program information at local schools in all MHA segments, tribal college, tribal offices, field clinics, and at local businesses.
Contact: Dr. Ah Quin

Hunkpati Oyate Wiconzani (Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Wellness)

Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (MSPI)

Four Directions Walk on September 18, 2017 - Historical, intergenerational, and present day trauma continues to impact our tribal communities. Capitalizing on opportunities to heal and to transform on the strengths inherent within the Dakota culture, our community comes together for a Four Directions walk. This powerful event begins with song and prayer, fundamental in our culture, and continues with prayers for wellness and healing as people walk from the four directions and join together in the center.
Contact: Chepa Rank

Tokala Inajinyo Suicide Prevention Mentoring Project

Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (MSPI)

Lakol Ni Waunkte "I Will Live" Suicide Prevention Week September 11- 16, 2017 - Tokala Inajinyo Suicide Prevention will provide QPR Suicide Prevention Training to all local high schools including St. Francis Indian School, White River High School, Todd County Schools and an open invitation to all Tribal Programs. Tokala Inajinyo Peer Mentors and Staff will coordinate the 2nd Annual I Will Live Suicide Prevention Glow Walk on September 16, 2017 to promote Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness.
Contact: Jessica Two Eagle


Suicide Prevention Week Fight for Life Flyer

MSPI – Healthy Micmac Future Means a Health Micmac Youth

Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (MSPI)

Fight4Life Basketball Tournament - The Boys and Girls Club of Presque Isle's MSPI Program partnered with the University of Maine at Presque Isle to hold a basketball tournament on September 30, 2017 to raise suicide awareness. UMPI and the BGC of PI FIGHT FOR LIFE by bringing together youth and young adults in a fun community event that sheds light on this American crisis, educates on prevention, and promotes mutual mentorship between youth who need us most and the local college.
Contact: Whytnie Martin-Sackett


Crownpoint Healthcare Facility Division of Public Health/MSPI Program

Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (MSPI)

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Activities - The Crownpoint Healthcare Facility Division of Public Health/MSPI Program will observe National Suicide Prevention Month with an activity each week of September 2017. Planned activities include MSPI Suicide Prevention Awareness booths at 2 different locations, a Candlelight Vigil/Awareness Walk, and a Wear Yellow Day/Community Awareness Walk. We will also sponsor two trainings for employees and community members on Suicide Postvention and Mental Health First Aid.
Contact: Jeremy M. Willie


Chickasaw Nation Suicide Prevention Services


Suicide Prevention Week Activities - Chickasaw Nation Prevention Services is hosting two awareness events in Ada, Oklahoma for Suicide Prevention Week. On September 8, Award-winning global speaker Kevin Hines shares his suicide attempt survival story and how to live with a mental illness at East Central University. On September 10, Walk for Life, where participants may share their experiences related to suicide, is happening at Juliana park. Throughout the year, prevention services also offers trainings and classes to educate and promote the importance of suicide alert helpers. SafeTALK half day alertness trainings teach participants over the age of 15 to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) supplies those in helping roles with professional development to ensure they are prepared to provide suicide first aid help. To organize a safeTALK or ASIST workshop for your group or organization, email Deanna Carpitche or call (580) 421-8734.

Empowering Our Youth

Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (MSPI)

Walk of Remembrance on September 8, 2017 - The project will host a walk for “Remembering our Ancestors: In Honor and Celebration of Those Who Have Come Before.” Following the walk, breakfast will be served and a discussion held on Native Health led by Dr. Doug Cox, M.D. To emphasize prevention and intervention, tribal citizens’ primary causes of death have been posted along the walking route to show what individuals can do to control or have an impact on disease.
Contact: Kelly Friend

Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa

Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (MSPI)

Native American Life Skills and Youth Drum Group - The Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa will begin the school year with a pretest assessing middle schoolers on their knowledge of suicide and drug prevention. Throughout the year, more than 100 students will be taught using the American Indian Life Skills curriculum. Also, the Native Nation Youth Drum group will be singing at two events during September. The group will be opening the IHS annual meeting with a flag song, honor song and a veteran song, and later will provide entertainment for the Gates Way balloon festival.
Contact: Dr. Rachele Floyd

Northeastern Tribal health System

Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (MSPI)

Man-up - The Man Up event is for all young men in Ottawa County grades 9-12. The event will provide information that will be presented in educational sessions and each student will receive reliable information, connect with positive adult role models, be informed of resources available and be provided counseling services if requested. We will be providing a resource booth with educational materials for meth and suicide prevention.
Contact: Sarah Pearcy

Tonkawa Tribe

Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (MSPI)

Boys Breast Plate Class - In September, we are hosting a weekly Youth Boys Breast Plate Making class. The project is designed to engage and teach the young boys and their fathers to work together to build tribal regalia. This collaboration will teach young boys to follow instructions and start a positive hobby with prevention tactics against suicide and meth.
Contact: Sarah Tillman


Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (MSPI)

Sumunumu Program – Pyramid Lake Tribal Health Center

Flashlight Vigil/QPR Presentation/ 13 Reasons Why Not - On September 15, 2017, the Sumunumu Program will hold a dinner in collaboration with our diabetes program, Natchez Elementary and Pyramid Lake Junior/Senior High School. The evening will begin with QPR training, followed by youth will speaking to the audience about 13 Reasons Why Not (what is positive in their lives), and will conclude with a flashlight vigil walk around the community. We will provide prevention messaging, crisis call numbers, and mental health referral information.
Contact: Judy Kroshus


Suicide Prevention Week ribbon

Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (MSPI)

Public Service Announcements - The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians MSPI program recorded public service radio announcements and created an anti-suicide poster featuring Cow Creek members and links to the Suicide Prevention lifeline. The PSA reads: " Suicide is reality. A hard reality of our society and a problem for all communities. And it's a growing problem with our young people. Learn the warning signs. If someone says they have no reason to live… they feel trapped… they're isolated. Pay attention. Call 1-800-272- talk. Or visit"
Contact: Julie Hargraves

THRIVE at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (MSPI)

Media Messaging - Throughout September, THRIVE will work closely with We R Native to bring positive suicide prevention messages to AI/AN veterans and youth. The veteran campaign reads “You Protected Us. Let us Walk with you,” and shares resources for veterans to get or give help. The youth campaign encourages posting positive hopeful message for people in crisis, using #WeNeedYouHere. To learn more or order materials, visit the NPAIHB Social Marketing page. Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving 
Contact: Colbie Caughlan