The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) is the public-private partnership working to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and make suicide prevention a national priority. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, through the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) operates the Secretariat for the Action Alliance, which was launched in 2010 by former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates with the goal of saving 20,000 lives in five years.
On September 10, 2012, the Action Alliance, along with the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, released the revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP). The revised strategy emphasizes the role every American can play in protecting their friends, family members, and colleagues from suicide. It also provides guidance for schools, businesses, health systems, clinicians and many other sectors that takes into account nearly a decade of research and other advancements in the field since the last strategy was published.
The Action Alliance periodically identifies priorities that, when accomplished, will help reach its goal of saving 20,000 lives in the next five years. The priorities are chosen because of their potential to produce the systems-level change necessary to substantially lower the burden of suicide in our nation. Learn more about the current priorities by visiting: http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/priorities
The Action Alliance is comprised of various task forces. Task forces are time limited work groups advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and focusing on specific topics or populations.
The American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Task Force is a public-private partnership formed to help reduce suicide in AI/AN communities.
To further advance the Action Alliance’s priority to change the public conversation around suicide and suicide prevention, the AI/AN Task Force developed the National AI/AN Hope for Life Day toolkit.
The toolkit is geared towards professionals and grass-roots organizers working in AI/AN communities to implement a community-wide Hope for Life Day on September 10 of each year.
The National American Indian/Alaska Native Hope for Life Day coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10 of each year.
This Action Alliance toolkit will help community organizers take specific steps to change the conversation around suicide, initiate action for awareness, and foster hope in the effort to reduce or eliminate suicide in their community. Organizers are encouraged to host culturally tailored events in their community to promote hope, life, cultural resiliency, and community transformation. Examples of cultural activities can be found under the tab “Cultural Activities.”
The Action Alliance is supported by grants (1 U79SM062297) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). No official endorsement by SAMHSA or DHHS for the information on this website is intended or should be inferred.
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