SAULT STE. MARIE TRIBE OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS: Suicide Prevention Program for Youth

February 17, 2016
News Type:  From the Field
State:  Michigan

With funding from a Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention grant, Sault Tribe Alive Youth (STAY) Project is carrying out a culturally competent suicide prevention and early intervention program for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. As tribal lands and members are spread out over seven Michigan counties and most tribal youth attend public schools, the program formed a broad-based coalition of tribal and nontribal stakeholders. Members of the Seven Feathers Partnership board include:  

·         Leaders and policymakers

·         School and university representatives

·         Health care and behavioral health care providers

·         Community organizations

·         Representatives from juvenile justice and foster care systems

·         Spiritual and faith-based helpers

The STAY suicide prevention program for tribal youth includes a public information campaign, gatekeeper training, and youth and family education on the warning signs of suicide and other risk behaviors, including bullying.

Populations:  Youth, American Indians and Alaska Natives
Settings:  American Indian/Alaska Native Settings