Dear USET/USET SPF Family,
Please join USET Tribal Health Program Support (THPS) as we raise awareness for suicide prevention this month and click on the video above.
The USET THPS is committed to providing USET member Tribal Nations with important information to support the health, well-being, and quality of life of each citizen and community. We recognize mental health as a major area to protect and nurture.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month and is a time to reduce the stigma around mental health challenges, raise awareness of prevention strategies, acknowledge those affected by suicide, and share helpful resources. Suicidal thoughts can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background.
There are things we can all do to support our Tribal communities. Cultural and social connection is a powerful protective factor along with creating safe spaces for sharing feelings, promoting seeking appropriate support, asking community members how they are doing, being there for each other, and connecting to resources when help is needed.
Here are some important resources to keep in mind:
- 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline – 988 offers 24/7 call, text and chat access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing suicidal, substance use, and/or mental health crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.
- Wabanaki Care Line – This resource is only for Tribal citizens in Maine. The Care Line is a 24/7/365-day telephone service where people can call or message using text for support. Callers will be able to connect to a live person to discuss their needs. Each person will be screened, provided support, information referrals for services, or scheduled for a telehealth assessment.
- Mental Health First Aid Certification – Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. USET offers quarterly courses. Check our website for those dates.
- Mind4Health - Mind4Health is a text message service for caring adults to help them nurture conversations that build mental health and foster connection. This service walks participants through three steps to fill their mental health toolbox.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.