Indigenous Peoples of the United States can be at a higher risk for suicide. If you’re struggling, the Lifeline is available to help, 24/7.
Despite the strengths of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families and communities, suicide remains a devastating and all too frequent event. Complex, interrelated factors contribute to an increased suicide risk among AI/AN people and include mental health disorders, substance abuse, intergenerational trauma, and community-wide issues. Factors that protect AI/AN youth and young adults against suicidal behavior are a sense of belonging to one's culture, a strong tribal/spiritual bond, the opportunity to discuss problems with family or friends, feeling connected to family, and positive emotional health. Cooperation among Tribal, Federal, and other partners is imperative to create a safety net of interconnected programming - health, education, law enforcement, public health and well-being, economic development, and physical and behavioral health - to maximize effectiveness of services and to protect individuals against suicide risk.
The presence of any of the following signs requires immediate attention:
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline outlines both how to help a friend or yourself struggling with suicide, depression, or crises.
The Indian Health Service remains very concerned and troubled about the high number of suicides in Indian Country. We recently completed 10 Suicide Prevention Listening Sessions throughout Indian Country
A review of evidence-based interventions that have been used in native communities to prevent suicide. We will look at how programs such as Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), SafeTalk, ASIST, and Project Venture work in conjunction with cultural sensitivity as effective tools in these native communities.
"Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, asking for help shows a sign of strength!" Among American Indian Alaska Native youth SUICIDE is the second leading cause of death in age 15-34. NativeCry is a Non-profit organization that wants to bring resources to help with this epidemic.
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