American Indian/Alaska Native Settings

Suicide prevention is a high priority for people working to promote wellness and reduce health disparities affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). Drawing on strengths within Native traditions, community leaders and experts are developing models that are culturally based to promote mental health and prevent suicide for future generations.

Why Address Suicide Prevention

  • Many AI/AN communities experience an elevated suicide rate.1
  • AI/AN communities may lack access to suicide prevention programs that meet their cultural needs.

How AI/AN Communities Can Take Action

The best way to prevent suicide is to use a culturally relevant, contextually driven, comprehensive approach that includes these key components:

  • Promote culturally competent practices that increase protective factors and reduce risk.
  • Connect the community’s resources to create a shared vision of wellness.
  • Gather data to understand the issue of suicide in the community where you are working.

Reference

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Fatal injury reports, national and regional, 1999–2014. Retrieved from http://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/mortrate10_us.html.

Learn More

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Recommended Resources
This guide is designed to help AI/AN communities and those who serve them develop effective, culturally appropriate suicide prevention plans.
This guide highlights the work of the 14 Healthy Indian Country Initiative tribal grantee programs, including suicide prevention programs.
This handbook presents an innovative method for assessing the level of readiness of a community to develop and implement prevention programming.
This directory of resources is designed to assist AI/AN communities in developing their own suicide prevention programs.
Doreen Bird explains why and how to involve the community when developing suicide prevention programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
This manual describes the Adolescent Suicide Prevention Program, conducted from 1989 to 2005.