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Suicide Prevention & Awareness Program
(R.E.D. R.o.A.D)

Program Title:

Redefining Educational Development: Reorganization of Ancestral Devotion (R.E.D. R.o.A.D)

Mission Statement:

Empower the community toward a healthy lifestyle; aid in the opportunity for growth and self-discovery in a safe, supportive, and therapeutic environment. Bring awareness through educational programs including suicide prevention, healthy living through traditional plant medicine, life skills, and self-esteem building.

Program Contact:

Melanee Stevens at 1-360-709-1683

Common Suicide Warning Signs:

  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Giving away valued possessions
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

Risk Factors:

Risk factors are characteristics of a person’s environment that increase the likelihood that they may die by suicide (i.e., suicide risk).

Common high risk factors for suicide include:

  • Prior suicide attempt(s)
  • Misuse and abuse of alcohol or other drugs
  • Mental disorders, particularly depression and other mood disorders
  • Access to lethal means
  • Knowing someone who died by suicide, particularly a family member
  • Social isolation/withdrawal
  • Chronic disease and disability
  • Lack of access to behavioral health care

Other common risk factors can vary by age group, culture, sex, and other characteristics:

  • Stress resulting from prejudice and discrimination (family rejection, bullying, violence) is a known risk factor for suicide attempts among youth and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.
  • The historical trauma suffered by American Indians and Alaska Natives (resettlement, destruction of cultures and economies) contributes to the high suicide rate in this population.
  • For men in the middle years, stressors that challenge traditional male roles; such as, unemployment and divorce, have been identified as common risk factors.

Some behaviors may indicate that a person is at immediate risk for suicide:

The following three should prompt you to immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or a mental health professional.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or obtaining a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live

Protective Factors:

Protective factors are personal or environmental characteristics that help protect people from suicide.

Common protective factors for suicide include:

  • Effective behavioral health care
  • Connectedness to individuals, family, and community
  • Life skills (including problem solving skills and coping skills, ability to adapt to change)
  • Self-esteem and a sense of purpose or meaning in life

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255

Tsapowum Behavioral Health 1-360-709-1733

Grays Harbor Crisis Clinic 1-360-532-4357

Thurston County Crisis Team 1-360-586-2800

Cascade Mental Health 1-360-330-9044

Youth Resources:

Youth talk, text or chat line- TEXT teen2teen to 839863
We R Native (www.weRnative.org) for Native teens and young adults text messaging service (Text NATIVE to 97779), a Facebook page, a YouTube channel, a Twitter account an “Ask Auntie” Q&A service and medically accurate information reviewed by experts in public health, mental health, community engagement, and activism.

The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

Call information at +1 (360) 273-5911.
We can help you get in touch with the right party.