Native American Issues

Center Hosts Federal Agencies and Native Youth Interns for a Suicide Awareness safeTALK Training

July 6, 2011

Today, July 6th, the Center for Native American Youth hosted a three-hour safeTALK training to learn clear and practical information on what to do if a person presents suicidal ideations. The Center’s staff, along with 35 other individuals from federal agencies, national tribal organizations, and Native youth internship programs, participated in this suicide prevention event.

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This three-hour training prepares an individual to be a suicide alert helper by learning how to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide. Most persons with thoughts of suicide go unrecognized—even though most are, directly or indirectly, requesting help. With more safeTALK suicide alert helpers, more people with thoughts of suicide will get connected to the intervention help they need.

This training plays a part in the Center’s goals to raise awareness of youth suicide in Indian Country, educate stakeholders, and share suicide prevention resources and training tools that are available to Native youth and their communities. Click here for more information about safeTALK and suicide prevention trainings in your area. 

Special thanks to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for co-sponsoring this safeTALK training and to Mary Jean Coleman for volunteering as a safeTALK instructor.