Impact

Suicide Prevention

For over a decade, the Center for American Indian Health has partnered with Southwestern tribes to pioneer suicide prevention strategies that are culturally relevant within their communities. Our suicide prevention work aims to reduce risk, address safety, and empower individuals to build resilience and coping mechanisms that improve mental health and wellbeing. We work with Native communities, partners at the Indian Health Service, and local mental health paraprofessionals to develop and adapt culturally-grounded suicide surveillance systems, suicide prevention interventions, crisis care and case management. These strategies allow communities to monitor suicide rates, provide psychoeducation and mental health promotion, and connect people at-risk of suicide with mental health services and community resources.

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