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Resources for Native American and Alaska Native Populations

Suicide rates are up to three times higher among Indigenous Native American and Alaska Native people than among any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. Sovereignty, community control or autonomy, cultural identification, language, spirituality, healing ways, kinship models, and family connectedness are all important protective factors in addressing high rates of suicide among Indigenous populations.

An understanding that Indigenous people are not a homogenous group should be one of the most important drivers to consider for health and behavioral health care programs and services promoting suicide-safe care in Native American and Alaska Native communities. Screening, treatment and follow-up interventions should be designed based on the specific issues affecting each group of interest. They should be culturally-relevant, involve the most appropriate community Elders, Traditional Healers, and other important people, and consider factors such as attitudes toward death and suicide, mental health and substance use challenges, and help-seeking behavior. See featured resources and search for others specific to Native American and Alaska Native people below.

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In this short video, Dr. Shannon Dial, the Executive Officer for the Chickasaw Nation’s Integrated Service Division, shares key elements of success for integrating Zero Suicide…

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The following six-to-eight-minute webinar clips, adapted from SPRC’s Tribal Community of Learning Series, feature expert advice on addressing the root causes of mental health issues and suicide in…

Treat | Videos

Tsehootsooi is a hospital in the heart of the Diné Nation that is Tribally-owned and operated. Tsehootsooi distinguishes themselves as a medical center that unites western medicine with the…

Identify | Videos

Lawton Indian Hospital is an IHS-led Hospital that serves eight Sovereign Nations, providing care for enrolled Tribal members and their families. Through determination and perseverance, the Zero…

Lead | Tools

This guide lists key elements for sustainability for health and behavioral health care programs implementing Zero Suicide in Indian Country.

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The Organizational Self-Study is designed to allow you to assess what components of the comprehensive Zero Suicide approach your organization currently has in place. The following three…

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If your tribal or IHS-led system is not quite ready to implement Zero Suicide, this document outlines several steps your system can take to prepare for Zero Suicide implementation. 

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Is Your Tribal or IHS-Led System Ready to Implement Zero Suicide? is a guide to frequently asked questions regarding a Tribal or IHS-led system's preparedness for beginning Zero Suicide…

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11 steps for getting started with Zero Suicide for those working in Tribal and IHS-led systems.

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The Zero Suicide Workforce Survey contains skills and knowledge-based queries for providing suicide-safer care based on the Zero Suicide framework for health and behavioral health care…

Lead | Tools

American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations are at higher risk for suicide than other ethnic and racial groups, with youth and young adults being particularly at risk. Studies have found…

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The Chickasaw Nation has shared sample caring contact cards that include a message in the Chickasaw language. Youth and adult examples are included.

Transition | Tools

The Puyallup Tribal Health Authority developed a caring letter template that includes caring phrases in the Puyallup language with English translations. These culturally appropriate caring…

Train | Tools

Adapted by the THRIVE project at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, this document can help all types of organizations understand their Zero Suicide Workforce Survey results.…

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Lived Experience expert Diana Cortez-Yanez relates the care she received that made a positive impact on her recovery.