Native Americans for Community Action’s Reach UR Life Program, located in Flagstaff, Arizona will provide suicide prevention and intervention services to American Indian youth in Flagstaff, and reservation-based youth located within Coconino and Navajo Counties. Growing on the on the foundation that has been created, NACA will continue partnerships with schools and youth-serving agencies to grow suicide prevention activities through early identification, screening, referral and treatment services for at-risk youth. NACA will expand programming to include additional schools and youth-serving agencies every year. Additionally, NACA will continue and grow partnerships of direct care agencies for the development of a Zero Suicide framework. NACA will also grow programming by adding an emphasis of post-suicide intervention services. This project proposes to serve 1,332 unique individuals on average per year, and 5,660 over the life of the grant. The following goals will be achieved during this project;
Goal 1: Provide comprehensive evidence-based identification and screening programming integrated in schools and other youth-serving organizations.
Goal 2: Develop a referral to service pathway through the use of telemedicine and in collaboration with reservation-based treatment providers as appropriate.
Goal 3: Provide layered training for child-serving professionals and treatment providers as appropriate based on their community role. Training will include Trauma Informed Care, safeTALK, ASIST, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention, and Bereavement training. Layered training efforts will be conducted on a continual basis to address the issue of personnel turnover common to this profession.
Goal 4: Build upon Zero Suicide efforts at NACA and through the distribution of mini-grants to Flagstaff’s two main healthcare facilities and one of its major community-based social service agencies, in an effort to prevent suicides through early identification, screening, referral, appropriate treatment and follow up services.
Goal 5: Ensure that follow up and services are provided for individuals and families who have lost someone due to suicide as identified through Flagstaff Medical Center, NACA Behavioral Health, or any other participating entity. Utilize those with lived experience as a resource in the development of these policies and procedures.