Find publications, guides, and other resources from SAMHSA and its partners on preventing suicide and substance use among Native youth.
- Native Connections: Cooperative Agreements for Tribal Behavioral Health – 2017 (PDF | 557 KB) gives an overview of the Native Connections Grant Program.
Native Connections Guides and Fact Sheets
- Public Health Model in Tribal Communities (PDF | 1.39 MB) describes the use of the model with a tribal cultural framework.
- Training and Technical Assistance Self-Assessment (PDF | 1.9 MB) is a checklist to guide grantees through grant objectives and determine technical assistance needs.
- Aligning Local Evaluation Strategies with Community Readiness Model Dimension Score (PDF | 788 KB) provides guidance for local evaluation strategies.
- Setting Goals and Developing Objectives (PDF | 566 KB) describes the process for creating S.M.A.R.T. goals.
- Fostering Resilience in Youth and Encouraging Youth Awareness of Mental Health (PDF | 753 KB) discusses youth development evidence-based programs.
- Strengthening Coalitions in AI/AN Communities (PDF | 319 KB) provides strategies for community collaboration.
- Surveillance in Native Communities (PDF | 262 KB) lists measures, principles, and resources for systematic information gathering.
- Building a Community-based Suicide Crisis Response Team (PDF | 257 KB)
- Culture is Prevention (PDF | 295 KB)
- Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention in Native Communities (PDF | 295 KB)
- Strategic Action Plan Checklist (PDF | 280 KB)
- Sustainability: Key Areas to Focus on Now (PDF | 422 KB)
- Gathering of Native Americans/Alaska Natives Native Connections Grantee Guide (PDF | 270 KB)
- Developing Policies and Procedures Guide (PDF | 244 KB)
- Zero Suicide
- The Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center offers resources on suicide prevention and other topics.
- Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T): Pocket Guide for Clinicians – 2009 assists clinicians in conducting a suicide assessment. The Suicide Safe mobile app is based on the SAFE-T model.
- The guide To Live to See the Great Day That Dawns: Preventing Suicide by American Indian and Alaska Native Youth and Young Adults – 2010 supports tribal communities in developing suicide prevention plans to protect their youth.
- The Suicide Prevention Program from the Indian Health Service (IHS) provides resources for providers and patients, including information on how to talk about suicide.
- The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) offers free online courses in suicide prevention to train service providers, educators, health professionals, and others. SPRC also hosts Research to Practice webinars on suicide prevention and offers resources specifically designed for people working with Native populations.
Substance Use Prevention
- “Talk. They Hear You.” This underage drinking prevention campaign includes a free app and PSAs to help parents and caregivers start talking to children early about the dangers of alcohol.
- The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at IHS takes a holistic approach to addressing alcohol and substance use among American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
- IHS Youth Regional Treatment Centers (YRTC) are tribally and federally operated facilities that address substance use and co-occurring disorders among Native youth.
- A National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) blog post on substance use among American Indian youth highlights research on alcohol use, binge drinking, marijuana use, and cocaine use initiation and patterns among this population.
- The United States National Library of Medicine contains resources on issues affecting the health and well-being of Native Americans.
Mental Health Resources
- The IHS Division of Behavioral Health is the primary source of advocacy, policy, management, and administration of behavioral health programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
- Native American Communities and Mental Health from Mental Health America features statistics on mental health disorders among American Indians and Alaska Natives.
General Prevention Resources
- SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies: The Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Substance Abuse and Related Behavioral Health Problems (PDF | 524 KB)
- Prevention Institute: Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience (PDF | 6.6 MB)
- CAPT: Managing Coalition Dynamics
- IHS: Restoring Balance: Community Owned Wellness
- SAMHSA: Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach (PDF | 789 KB)
- Building Resilient and Trauma-Informed Communities – Philadelphia, PA: Public Health Partnerships for Trauma Transformation
- SAMHSA: Trauma-Informed Care Fact Sheet – Native Children: Trauma and Its Effects (PDF | 1.1 MB)
- SAMHSA Performance Accountability and Reporting System (SPARS)