Suicide Prevention/Intervention for Tribal Youth

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), a national organization to serve tribal programs and communities regarding services and issues affecting American Indian/Alaska Native children and families, has developed a toolkit entitled Ensuring the Seventh Generation: A Youth Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Tribal Child Welfare Programs. The toolkit, which was developed with the support of the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation and contributions by a number of experts in the field of tribal child welfare, includes a suicide intervention model for child welfare workers, information about assessment of risk for suicide, strategies that can be applied in child welfare agencies to intervene in child or youth suicides and a literature review of suicide prevention issues. According to the toolkit, American Indians and Alaska Natives are at heightened risk for suicide compared with other demographic groups and ranked as the eighth leading cause of death for American Indians/Alaska Natives of all ages.