Methamphetamine & Suicide Prevention Initiative

The purpose of the Tuba City MSPI Program is to promote early intervention strategies and implement positive youth programming aimed at reducing risk factors for suicidal behavior and substance abuse, by working with Native youth, up to and including age 24.

MSPI Focus:

  • Implement evidenced and practice-based approaches to build resiliency, promote positive development and increase self- sufficient behaviors among native youth.
  • Promote family engagement.
  • Increase access to culturally appropriate prevention activities for youth to prevent methamphetamine use and other substance use disorders that contribute to suicidal behaviors.
  • Increase partnership with additional behavioral health providers specializing in child, adolescent, and family services who will be responsible for implementing project activities that address all of the required objectives listed.


Trainings Available

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
A 2-day training for everyone 16 or older who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid.

safeTALK (Talk, Ask, Listen, Keepsafe)
A half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older to become a suicide-alert helper.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
An 8-hour course that teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.


Practice-Based Curriculums

Riding the Waves (5th Grade)
Designed to build emotional skills within children to prevent suicide in its earliest stages.

Look, Listen, Link (6th-8th Grade)
Aimed to teach students about stress and anxiety, suicide prevention and practical life skills.

H.E.L.P (Help Every Living Person (9th-12th Grade)
Aimed to teach students about stress and depression, causes and warning signs of suicide, and skills to intervene with a possibly suicidal friend.

Culturally-Based Curriculum

American Indian Life Skills (AILS)
A course for high school students designed to reduce suicidal thinking and behavior by using a skills-based approach to teach life skills: communication, problem solving, depression and stress management, anger regulation, and goal setting. After first increasing awareness and knowledge of suicide, it then teaches students specific methods to help a peer turn away from suicidal thinking and seek help.


Culturally-Based Programs

Native HOPE (Helping Our People Endure)
Addresses suicide prevention and other related risk factors such as substance abuse, violence, stress, depression, etc.

Good Road of Life (Part 1 & 2)

  • Part 1 - Responsible Fatherhood: Teaches men about depression, suicide prevention, healing the shame, etc.
  • Part 2 - Native Families: Teaches families about healing between family members, communication skills, reconciliation, etc.