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.


Suicide Warning Signs

These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it is related to a painful event, loss, or change.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.



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.

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.