The Kcitpahsuwet program focuses on offering suicide prevention education and trainings for our tribal members, service providers and community partners. Our goal is to help prevent suicide by increasing awareness; provide opportunities to learn and be trained on how to identify warning signs and symptoms; provide skills in preventing and responding to suicidal behavior and crisis; while also emphasizing our culture is prevention and promoting resilience.
Efforts within this program aimed at increasing cultural belonging for prevention of suicide include monthly community cultural activities, intertribal gatherings, elders’ teachings for youth, and creation of spiritual places for ceremony.
We have developed a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team with members from all of the 5 tribal communities in Maine. CISM is an evidence based, peer-based, crisis intervention model designed to teach team members how to respond to traumatic events and provide crisis intervention.