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Suicide

Our Health
Health information specific to American Indian and Alaska Native people

Consumer Health Resources for Native American/Alaska Native Health and Suicide

Office of Minority Health, HHS

Results from the OMHRC Knowledge Center Catalog.

Suicide

We R Native

Suicide Prevention and Care Program

Indian Health Service

Suicide Prevention First Nations, Aboriginals and Native Americans Mental Health

Turtle Island Native Network

Our Stories
American Indians and Alaska Native people share their personal health experiences

Here For A Reason Suicide Prevention Youth & Elders Wisdom

Indian Health Board of Minneapolis

Elders offer messages to youth about their lives, stress, and overcoming and accepting their individual lives.  [8:10 minutes]

Here For A Reason Suicide Prevention Youth Video

Indian Health Board of Minneapolis

A boy isolates himself due to depression and stress in his life. His female co-worker notices his smoking, which she has never seen before, confronts him about it, and suggests a counseling group for youth in the community [3:06 minutes]

For Researchers, Health Professionals, and Educators
Tools for American Indian and Alaska Native people health

Acting on What We Know: Preventing Youth Suicide in First Nations

Health Canada

This 2003 report provides an examination of the issues by the Advisory Group on Suicide Prevention, from basic suicide data to specific factors affecting First Nations, and based on this, presents recommendations for action.  (PDF, 1.3 MB)

American Indian/Alaska Native Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Resources for preventing and understanding suicide in American Indian populations.

American Indian/Alaska Native Teen Suicide Prevention

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, DHHS

(PDF, 452 KB)

American Indian/Alaska Natives Suicide Fact Sheet

American Association of Suicidology

Based on 2011 data.  (PDF, 370 KB)

An AI/AN suicide prevention hotline: literature review and discussion with experts

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, DHHS

This exploratory study provides background information pertaining to an American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Suicide Prevention Hotline. The topics explored include:  the extent of use of such a hotline by AI/ANs, barriers to use, hotline implementation models, cultural competencies needed by hotline staff, extent of AI/AN community support, and methods of involving of AI/ANs in the establishment and promotion of the hotline. The study includes:  1) a literature review that provides information about the problem of AI/AN suicide, the effectiveness of suicide prevention hotlines and attitudes towards hotline use and 2) telephone discussions with a small convenience sample of 13 federal and nonfederal expert informants working in the area of AI/AN suicide prevention. Published in 2009.  (PDF, 242 KB)

Researcher Resources for Native American/Alaska Native Health and Suicide

Office of Minority Health, HHS

Results from the OMHRC Knowledge Center Catalog.

Resources for Professional Providers

Indian Health Service

Links to trainings, assessments, clinical practice guidelines, and tools and toolkits, reports and presentations, and safety planning.

Suicide - Journal citations from MEDLINE/PubMed, limited to the last 5 years

National Library of Medicine

Suicide and Native Americans

National Library of Medicine

Journal citations from MEDLINE/PubMed

Suicide Prevention and Native Americans

National Library of Medicine

Journal citations from MEDLINE/PubMed

Suicide Prevention: Inuit Traditional Practices that Encouraged Resilience and Coping

National Aboriginal Health Organization

A 2006 report which outlines the Inuit traditional practices that encouraged resilience and coping and their use in the prevention of suicide.  (PDF, 475 KB)

To Live To See the Great Day That Dawns: Preventing Suicide by American Indian and Alaska Native Youth and Young Adults

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, DHHS

Lays the groundwork for community-based suicide prevention and mental health promotion plans for American Indian and Alaska Native youth and young adults.  Addresses risks, protective factors, and awareness, and describes prevention models for action.

Organizations and Programs
Organizations and programs supporting health in American Indian and Alaska Native communities

Organizations for Native American/Alaska Native Health and Suicide

Office of Minority Health, HHS

Results from the OMHRC Knowledge Center Catalog.

Planting Seeds of Hope

Montana Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council

(PDF, 80 KB)

General Health Information about Suicide

Depression in MedlinePlus

National Library of Medicine

Suicide in MedlinePlus

National Library of Medicine