Johns Hopkins University
The White Mountain Apache (WMAT), Navajo Nation, and Johns Hopkins (JHU) are uniquely poised to respond to Grant SM-19-006. WMAT-JHU have contributed Native American data on current evidence-based interventions, adaptions of EBIs, and new culturally grounded upstream approaches to the suicide prevention field. The current proposal, Celebrating Life, will bring back this multi-tiered prevention strategy for youth and expand it to the Shiprock area of Navajo. The proposed initiative will support community-wide education to promote protective factors and reduce risks led by local Elders and community leaders; early identification and referral of high-risk youth; and infrastructure and training for similar efforts in the Navajo Nation (Shiprock site), including an intervention with youth who attempt suicide and their families.