Gila River Indian Community

The program focused on youth suicide prevention and early intervention services for the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC).

Funding: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS).

Partners: Gila River Indian Community (GRIC).

Program Description: With federal funding authorized under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, GRIC’s Saving Lives for Tomorrow program focused on youth suicide prevention and early intervention services. All services were provided within the context of the Gila River Indian Community’s beliefs and culture and included identification of youth who were at risk (Teen Screen model), life skills training and peer leadership development activities directed towards youth. Additional grant funded services included training for professionals so that they could more effectively respond to suicide ideation and/or attempts, training for first responders so that they were aware of programs and resources available, and social marketing to raise community awareness.

CABHP's Role: The Center served as the evaluator of this Tribal youth suicide prevention program.