Suicide Prevention Training in Wausau

Prevent Suicide Conference to take place at the Westwood Conference Center in Wausau, Wisconsin September 21-24, 2017.

Youth Empowerment Part 2: Suicide Prevention and Social Media

Youth Empowerment Part 2: Suicide Prevention and Social Media

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


11 a.m. Alaska
12 p.m. Pacific
12 p.m. Arizona
1 p.m. Mountain
2 p.m. Central
3 p.m. Eastern

The SAMHSA Tribal TTA Center will join the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) and members of their 2017 Champions for Change class for a series of three webinars focusing on youth empowerment in Indian Country.

In Part 2 we welcome Faith Holyan, a 16-year-old member of the Navajo Nation. After losing a close friend to suicide, Faith started #codepurple—a social media-based suicide prevention campaign—to connect peers going through difficult times with friends and loved ones. As a former World Champion in the Indian National Finals Rodeo circuit, Faith uses her title and recognition to advocate for youth suicide prevention and mental health awareness. She also hosts local community events for her peers that serve as safe spaces for discussing mental health-related issues.

Register for the webinar. You will receive a confirmation email. On the day of the webinar, use the link provided in your registration confirmation email. Please join 15 minutes prior to the webinar.

Webinar: Healing Methods – Suicide Prevention in Native Communities

Suicide Prevention Part 1: Healing Methods—Suicide Prevention in Native Communities

Webinar Date:

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


10 a.m. Alaska
11 a.m. Pacific
11 a.m. Arizona
12 p.m. Mountain
1 p.m. Central
2 p.m. Eastern

Register here!

About the Webinar by SAMHSA

Join us as we review evidence-based interventions that have been used in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities for suicide prevention.

In Part 1 of this three-part series, we will look at how programs such as Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR); safeTALK (Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe); Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST); and Project Venture have been used by AI/AN communities while acknowledging cultural differences.

Hope Squad, Reducing Suicides

Hope Squad

  • Need: To reduce youth suicide rates in Utah.
  • Intervention: Hope Squad is a statewide program that trains youth to look after their classmates and refer those with suicidal thoughts or other mental health concerns to adult advisors.
  • Results: Surveys indicate that Hope Squad members increase and retain their knowledge of suicide and increase help-seeking behaviors after completing training.
In 2014, Utah had the 5th highest rate of youth suicides in the country. Among children 10-17 years of age, suicide is the leading cause of death in the state. A 2015 JAMA Pediatrics study indicates that youth suicide rates in rural areas across the country are almost double those in urban areas.

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Relying on Each Other: Yurok Tribe Responds to Youth Suicide Crisis


Take a look how the Yurok Tribe came together during hard times to make their community a better place to live.

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New Online Role-Play Simulations for Suicide Prevention

Online Role-Play Simulations With Emotionally Responsive Avatars for the Early Detection of Native Youth Psychological Distress, Including Depression and Suicidal Ideation
Jami Bartgis, PhD, and Glenn Albright, PhD
Gatekeeper training is a widely used prevention method for training local community members to recognize the signs and symptoms of suicide and to support appropriate referrals for mental health. Training community “gatekeepers” is critical for increasing access to care for those youth who are in need, as youth often turn first to family and friends for help.

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