Note on Language  

The term Indigenous can be interchangeable with the terms American Indian/Native American/Fist Nations/Alaska Natives and represents the 567 plus tribes across the United States. 

United Nation's Fact Sheet on Indigenous People 

United Nation's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People 



General Recommendations for Suicide Prevention in Indigenous People 

American Indian/Alaska Native Settings (SPRC)

Suicide prevention is a high priority for people working to promote wellness and reduce health disparities affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). Drawing on strengths within Native traditions, community leaders and experts are developing models that are culturally based to promote mental health and prevent suicide for future generations.

Culturally Relevant Links (SPRC)

The recommended resources and links on this page provide culturally relevant information and resources to support tribal nations in promoting healthy behaviors to reduce critical health disparities in Indian Country.

National American Indian/Alaska Native Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network (AIAN-PTTC)

"AIAN-PTTC activities and services are focused on developing and disseminating culturally appropriate tools and strategies needed to improve the capacity of prevention specialists to deliver effective, culturally informed, evidence-based/knowledge practices with the intent of enhancing the quality of substance abuse prevention interventions, trainings and other prevention activities in AI/AN communities."

Webinar - Historical Trauma Definition, Impact, and Hope for Healing 

Zero Suicide in Indian Country (Zero Suicide) 

"Zero Suicide is a framework to support suicide-safer care in health and behavioral health care systems. In the past ten years, many studies have shown its effectiveness in reducing suicide deaths across diverse health systems. However, when health and behavioral health care systems in Indian Country have attempted to employ the framework, there are often challenges related to culture, language, or concepts of what healing and wellness may mean to the Tribe or to the community, as well as differences in resources and views of standardized measurement and data gathering. Adding to the challenges of implementing Zero Suicide as a framework in Indian Country are historical, intergenerational, and modern-day trauma and their impact on the health and well-being of Indigenous people.

This is a companion toolkit to the original Zero Suicide Toolkit. The toolkit on the Zero Suicide website details each of the seven elements that make up the Zero Suicide framework for health and behavioral health care systems and should form the basis for anyone starting to learn about Zero Suicide. This companion toolkit serves as a specialization step for health systems in Indian Country who are looking for guidance on how to implement the Zero Suicide framework in culturally relevant ways. "

Is Your Tribal or IHS-Led System Ready to Implement Zero Suicide? 

Is Your Tribal or IHS-Led System Not Quite Ready to Implement Zero Suicide? 

Getting Started with Zero Suicide for Tribal and IHS-Led Systems 


Transforming Tribal Communities: Indigenous Perspectives on Suicide Prevention 

Culturally relevant suicide prevention strategies that are endorsed by community members can lead to long-lasting change. The following six-to-eight-minute webinar clips, adapted from SPRC’s Tribal Community of Learning Series, feature expert advice on addressing the root causes of mental health issues and suicide in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities by drawing on community strengths.

Weaving Culture into Suicide Prevention Strategies >> 

Four Recommendations for Tribal Suicide Prevention >> 

Honoring Culture and Building Partnerships >> 

Adapting Evidence-Based Practices in Tribal Communities >> 

See SPRC landing page above for further resources. 


Youth Specific 

We R Native - For Native Youth, By Native Youth 

"We are a comprehensive health resource for Native youth, by Native youth, providing content and stories about the topics that matter most to them. We strive to promote holistic health and positive growth in our local communities and nation at large." Website continues a variety of articles, blogs, and videos discussing various health topics, from suicide and mental health, to fitness, substance use, relationship and sexual health, LGBTQ identities, social media, communications, and community-based action. 

WRN Suicide Prevention Page Houses resources related to suicide, self harm, talking to friends about suicide/mental health, bullying, warm lines and crisis lines.

WRN Traditional Healing Page and Health & Healing Page 

WRN Grants for Community Involvement 

Wisconsin Specific 

Healing Intergenerational Roots (HIR) Wellness - 3136 W. Kilbourn Ave. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

General Inquiries:; or call (414) 763-5815


HIR's mission is to establish a social justice-informed, culturally rooted Intergenerational Healing Approach that improves mental health and wellness outcomes for our Indigenous and underserved communities. Provides free mental health, wellness, and victim advocacy services to the indigenous and underserved communities. Provides telehealth and virtual services. 

HIR Milwaukee's Facebook page >>

HIR Frequently Asked Questions on Services >> 

HIR'S Let's Talk page >>


 Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center - 930 W Historic Mitchell St, Milwaukee, WI 53204

The Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center (GLIIHC) grew out of an awareness in the 1970s of the poor health of Milwaukee’s Native American community. Since its inception, GLIIHC has tripled in size and besides the medical clinic, houses a pharmacy, dental clinic, behavioral health center and a fitness center that is used by our physical therapist. 

Youth Empowerment Program >>