The hope & wellness screening toolkit: Developing a community based suicide and substance use screening program for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the U.S. In American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) urban communities and rural reservation communities, youth experience high rates of suicidal ideation, attempts, and deaths. An urban AI organization partnered with a university to respond to this crisis with SAMHSA funds that supported the development and implementation of youth[…]

Implementation of a community-partnered research suicide-risk management protocol: Case study from community partners in care

Suicidality is common among participants in clinical trials and health services research, but approaches to suicide risk assessment and mitigation vary widely. Studies involving vulnerable populations with limited access to care raise additional ethical concerns. The authors applied a community-partnered approach to develop and implement a suicide-risk management protocol (SRMP) in a depression[…]

Community-based support for people at risk for suicide and those who care for them: Areas for improvement

To systematically review the quality of evidence regarding the effectiveness of supports for people affected by suicide. EMBASE, MEDLINE, and PsychINFO were searched for evaluations of community-based supports for people affected by suicide. Outcomes included suicide-related behavior, depression, grief, quality of life, caring ability, and qualitative experiences. Fifteen studies evaluated 15 supports of various modalities.[…]

Factors affecting collaborations between a tertiary-level emergency department and community-based mental healthcare center for managing suicide attempts

Community-based active contact and follow-up are known to be effective in reducing the risk of repeat suicide attempts among patients admitted to emergency departments after attempting suicide. However, the characteristics that define successful collaborations between emergency departments and community-based mental healthcare centers in this context are not well known.

A community-based response to a suicide cluster: A Hong Kong experience

Background: A 45-month community-based suicide prevention program was launched in response to the emergence of a suicide cluster in 2010 in Hong Kong. Aims: This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the program, document the implementation and outcomes of the project, and identify factors that contribute to the outcomes. Method: The program was delivered following the five key components[…]

Developing a community plan for preventing and responding to suicide clusters

This resource has been developed to assist Australian communities to manage or contain an actual or potential suicide cluster. The community plan might focus on a suburb, a particular facility (e.g., a school, hospital or prison), a rural or remote area, or an Indigenous community. It could be developed by a government department, mental health[…]

Perspectives on suicide prevention amongst members of Christian faith-based organizations

The purpose of this study was to explore perspectives on suicide prevention held by members of Christian faith-based organizations (FBOs). Eight focus groups were facilitated, and five major themes were identified: perceptions of responsibility, connection to suicidal persons, equipping for suicide prevention, collaboration with professional services, and hope. Overall, Christian FBO members considered suicide prevention[…]

National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy: Multiple case study of community initiatives

This is a report of a collaborative research project involving members associated with NAYSPS-funded community projects.. Four sites were selected on the basis of the extent to which they might be expected to have individual and community-level impact and variation in geographical region. The sites were located in Alberta (Hobbema), Saskatchewan (Battlefords Tribal Council Indian Health[…]

Nges Siy (I love you): A community-based youth suicide intervention in northern British Columbia

This youth suicide prevention research project is an example of a partnership between Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, that directly responds to goals of ethical research conducted in First Nations’ communities. Through the[…]

Waka Hourua, ko au, ko koe, ko tātou Māori suicide prevention community programme.

In 2014, the first dedicated National Māori Suicide Prevention Programme: Waka Hourua was launched by Te Rau Matatini. One of its five streams was the operation of a National Coordination Centre for Māori Community Suicide Prevention. The major programme championed by the Centre included fostering Māori leadership, and building their capacity and capability to lead[…]