Youth Suicide Prevention

Youth Suicide Prevention

Contact: Jan Ward Olmstead, MPA, Public Health Policy and Project Advisor,

Past Events:

2019 Youth Suicide Prevention Summit


Dreamcatcher – Suicide Prevention PSA
WeRNative Blog for National Suicide Prevention Week.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center Informative Flyer

We just had the successful completion of the 2018 Intertribal  Youth Suicide Prevention Summit at Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe!
Primary funding for this project is provided by the Washington State Department of Health. However, the Youth Suicide Prevention Summit 2018 could not have happened without the support and contributions of the speakers, attendees, sponsors, tribes, organizations, volunteers and drawing donors. Thank you!
Click to view the program.
Click to view the Suicide Prevention Presentation at Action Alliance 9-6-18

Know the Warning Signs

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by calling the Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. 



Question. Persuade. Refer
ASIST: LivingWorks Education

SOS Signs of Suicide Programs
Washington State Department of Health
Suicide Prevention Training for Health Professionals


Understanding Suicide and Substance Misuse Among Urban Native Youth
The Promoting Mental Wellness: Addressing Suicide and Substance Misuse Among Urban Native Youth During COVID-19 series is focused on promoting the mental wellness of urban Native youth by providing UIO staff and leadership with a comprehensive view of the extent of suicide and substance misuse among this group, strategies of addressing these concerns through clinical treatment, with special consideration of the impact of COVID-19.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

Tribal Health – Reaching out InVolves Everyone (THRIVE) works to reduce suicide rates among American Indian and Alaska Natives living in the Pacific Northwest by increasing tribal capacity to prevent suicide and by improving regional collaborations.  Staff provide programmatic technical assistance, suicide prevention training and resources to the Northwest Tribes

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

OSPI provides resources and support through the School Safety Center to help inform Educational Service Districts, School Districts, and Schools in the development of Suicide Prevention Plans.

Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention

WA State Department of Health

Beginning July 1, 2017, healthcare professionals required to complete a suicide prevention training must select a course from the 2017 Model List. See the training requirements for health professional time and content requirements.

Washington State Suicide Prevention Plan