Suicide Surveillance Strategies for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

This report summarizes findings and recommendations from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s (SPRC) exploration of suicide surveillance among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities across the country. Each section describes challenges and provides strategies and resources to help AI/AN communities gather data on suicide to inform and evaluate their prevention efforts. The report was developed with input from national experts in tribal suicide data collection, including Garrett Lee Smith project staff and other AI/AN prevention professionals and community members. It is designed to support tribal Garrett Lee Smith grantees in their data collection efforts but could be useful to any practitioners working in suicide surveillance to learn about the challenges specific to tribal populations, as well to those already working with AI/AN communities.

Populations of focus: American Indians and Alaska Natives

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Date: 2018, updated 2019.