Hope for Life

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On June 30, 2015, the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH), in partnership with the Action Alliance’s AI/AN Task Force, put forward a resolution at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Mid-Year Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. The resolution, “Creating an Annual National American Indian and Alaska Native Hope for Life Day (Suicide Prevention Awareness Day),” was the outcome of a one-year collaborative effort by task force members.

2020 Hope for Life

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - Hope for Life Day

Hope for Life Day is on September 10. Follow the link for a #HopeforLife toolkit for community leaders, grassroots organizers and health care professionals to help change the conversation about suicide, spread awareness and foster hope in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. (View Toolkit)

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Tweet 1

While there's no conclusive data that shows suicide rates increased because of #COVID19, we are very aware that many AI/ANs are experiencing impacts on their mental and emotional wellbeing, and issues like job loss, financial strain and social isolation are all risks factors for suicide. Get resources here: https://theactionalliance.org/covid19

Tweet 2

Attention #Nativeyouth! You are cherished. You are loved. You are community. You are family. Reach out for help, even when you think you don't need it or are too afraid. Someone is there to help. Check out the @WeRNative site for more resources on #suicideprevention. #SuicidePreventionWeek #HopeforLife #Nativehealth #NCUIH #NIHB https://www.wernative.org/my-life/my-mind/suicide

Tweet 3

Just like we are protecting our physical health right now, we should also be taking care of our mental health as we navigate this pandemic. Check out @NIHB1 Tribal COVID-19 Resource Center for resources and tools to help cope with the pandemic. #SuicidePreventionMonth #HopeforLife #Nativehealth #NIHB #NCUIH https://www.nihb.org/covid-19/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Final-Psychological-Implications-of-COVID19-4_16_202.._FORMATTED.pdf

Tweet 4

Shea is two-spirit. Shea attempted suicide. Shea sought out a tribal elder for help. Listen to Shea's story. #HopeforLife #SuicidePreventionWeek #Nativehealth #NCUIH #NIHB https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTl057NkMlM&feature=youtu.be

Tweet 5

Be a good friend and learn the common warning signs for suicide. Check out this student guide to mental health. Start the conversation. #HopeforLife #SuicidePreventionWeek #Nativehealth #Nativeyouth #NCUIH #NIHB

Tweet 6

Social connectedness improves physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Connectedness is a proven protective factor against suicide. Stay connected with family and friends through video chats, Zoom or even Netflix. #HopeforLife #SuicidePreventionWeek #Nativehealth #NCUIH #NIHB


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SPRC Suicide Month Action Steps http://www.sprc.org/resources-programs/suicide-prevention-month-ideas-action
Community-based prevention manual
Suicide and COVID https://theactionalliance.org/covid19
Suicide and COVID Messaging: https://theactionalliance.org/covid-19/messaging/key_messages
LGBTQ Youth Supports
Tribal-based behavioral health solutions- Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/topics/tribal_affairs/national-tbha-ai-an-communities-draft.pdf
Actiona Alliance H4LD Toolkit https://theactionalliance.org/resource/hope-life-day-toolkit

COVID-19 Related Resources Addressing Mental Health for AI/AN Populations

Managing Stress during COVID-19 (Coronavirus): https://caih.jhu.edu/assets/documents/Stress_and_Anxiety_Management_for_Providers_During_COVID-19.pdf
Resources for Mental Health Providers during COVID-19: https://mhttcnetwork.org/sites/default/files/2020-07/NAIAN_MH_COVID_Resources_7.28.20.pdf
Introduction to Peer Support in the Era of COVID-19 – Webinar: https://mhttcnetwork.org/centers/national-american-indian-and-alaska-native-mhttc/product/introduction-peer-support-era
Positive Parenting during COVID-19 (Coronavirus): https://caih.jhu.edu/assets/documents/Positive_Parenting_during_COVID-19.pdf
Stress and Anxiety Management for Community Health Workers during Coronavirus: https://caih.jhu.edu/assets/documents/Stress_and_Anxiety_Management_for_CHWs_During_COVID-19.pdf
Family Mental Health resources for COVID-19: https://sites.google.com/view/mentalhealthduringcovid19sp/home
Coronavirus Resource Center https://www.ncuih.org/coronavirus

COVID-19 Related Resources Addressing Mental Health for Native Youth

COVID-19 Teen Conversation Toolkit: https://www.uihi.org/download/covid-19-conversations-with-teens-toolkit/?wpdmdl=16947&refresh=5f471ebfda3501598496447
A Historical Trauma-informed Approach to COVID-19: https://www.uihi.org/download/a-historical-trauma-informed-approach-to-covid-19/?wpdmdl=16935&refresh=5f471fb0cff141598496688
Mountain Plains MHTTC: Covid 19 Mental Health Resources: https://bit.ly/3aZXTGs
Physically Distant but Socially Close: Indigenous Resilience and COVID-19: https://www.uihi.org/resources/physically-distant-but-socially-close-indigenous-resilience-and-covid-19/
A children’s storybook - Our smallest warriors, our strongest medicine: Overcoming COVID-19: https://caih.jhu.edu/programs/strongmedicine
Taking care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty https://afsp.org/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-in-the-face-of-uncertainty/
Talking with Children about COVID-19, a fact sheet and an illustrated poster: https://www.uihi.org/resources/talking-with-children-about-covid-19/
COVID-19 Related Resources Addressing Mental Health for AI/AN Elderly Populations
Loneliness, Wisdom and Ageing in COVID-19 Era: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZf1XGgdGD8&feature=youtu.be
Recommendations for Tribal Ceremonies and Gatherings during the COVID-19 Outbreak: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/tribal/ceremonies-gatherings.html

Self-Care and Wellness Resources for AI/AN Populations

Self-Care in a Selfless Field Presentation and Resources (webinar recording and PPT slides): https://bit.ly/3b2GtZP
Burn Out Prevention: Self-Care: https://bit.ly/31Bp2g6
Virtual GONA Best Practices: https://bit.ly/3lsjPPE
Promising Best Practices in Story Telling: https://bit.ly/3aZE9To
Building Tribal Youth Resiliency: https://bit.ly/3hDL8Ei
Understanding Suicide: Tools for providers to help someone experiencing suicidal ideation https://bit.ly/3jqXrEt
Mental Health in Native American Communities Summer 2020: https://bit.ly/3lxNZkj
Operation reach out https://www.psyberguide.org/apps/operation-reach-out/ (for military/veterans)
NotOK app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.robinlucas.notok&hl=en_US
Suicide prevention app: MY3: https://my3app.org/
Liberate Mediation App https://liberatemeditation.com/
MindShift CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy): https://bit.ly/3jrx94O
Talk life https://www.talklife.co/
Gatekeeper Training $$ This course is for middle and high school staff members, or staff at other organizations, looking to deepen their understanding of youth mental health, and considering implementing an evidence-based suicide prevention program. https://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/gatekeeper
Suicide Specific Curriculum $$ evidence-based youth prevention program designed specifically for middle schools and high schools https://www.mindwise.org/shop/#signsofsuicide

Calm App
Positive Activity Jackpot is most suitable for adults struggling with depression to teach them skills and help them engage in pleasant activities. https://www.psyberguide.org/apps/positive-activity-jackpot/

Self-Care and Wellness Resources for AI/AN Elderly Populations

My self-care plan for elders/adults: https://www.healthynativeyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Self-Care-Plan_Elders-Adults.pdf
Talk life https://www.talklife.co/
Stay Alive grassroots suicide prevention: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.org.suicideprevention.stayalive&hl=en_US

Mental Health, Self-Care and Wellness Resources for Native Youth

National Virtual Native Youth Healing Gathering 2020 Recording and PPT Resources: https://www.ncuih.org/youthhealing2020
Indigi-Wellness Healing Resources: https://www.ncuih.org/indigiwellnesshealer
Native Wellness Coloring book https://bit.ly/3jjNTuB
We R Native Coloring Book https://bit.ly/3gzr8kE
Powwow Sweat: Traditional https://bit.ly/2EIUVdv
WE R Native Improve Your Mood Video Resources: https://www.wernative.org/my-life/my-mind/improve-your-mood
A friend Asks https://jasonfoundation.com/get-involved/student/a-friend-asks-app/
UNITY Wellness Warrior app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.num.unitywellnesswarrior&hl=en_US
Friend2Friend peer support teen mental health app by Kognito, uses motivational interviewing: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kognito.friend2friend&hl=en_US
Remind – school/group communication to share conversations with groups without sharing phone numbers: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.remind101&hl=en_US
Children's Mental Health Matters Toolkit: www.ffcmh.org/event-planning-tools
SEESAY Teen Suicide Prevention: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.seesomething_saysomething.app&hl=en_US
Liberate Mediation App: https://liberatemeditation.com/
Airtime – watch videos, etc. together while you chat with friends: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.signal.android&hl=en_US
Talk life https://www.talklife.co/
Netflix party – for people who have Netflix, this allows you to watch with others and chat while you watch: https://www.netflixparty.com/
Want to know how to help a friend: https://www.nami.org/NAMI/media/NAMI-Media/Infographics/NAMI-Want-to-know-how-to-help-a-friend.pdf
Taking charge of your mental health https://www.nami.org/NAMI/media/NAMI-Media/Infographics/NAMI-Taking-Charge-of-Your-Mental-Health.pdf

Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide Prevention Resource Center https://www.sprc.org/
LifeLine Chat: 24/7 webchat https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
Resources for Two Spirit and LGBTQ Youth: Text LGBTQ2S to 97779 to receive resources via text message
Suicide Prevention Across the Educational Continuum: Six-Part Webinar Series https://mhttcnetwork.org/centers/mountain-plains-mhttc/news/suicide-prevention-across-educational-continuum-six-part-webinar
Understanding Risk and Protective Factors for Suicide https://www.sprc.org/sites/default/files/Handout_Understanding%20RiskProtective%20Factors_08202019.pdf
Suicide prevention app: MY3: https://my3app.org/
Prevent Youth Suicide https://www.preventyouthsuicide.org/