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.
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 information from Elders and community members to gain knowledge and understand the issue of suicide in the community where you are working.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at +1(800)273-8255
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 180 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.
Depression and suicide affect people of all ages and populations, but Native American and Alaskan Native populations can be at a higher risk. If you’re struggling, the Lifeline is available to help, 24/7. For more information specific to Native American populations visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Native Americans page here: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/native-americans/