Meth & Suicide Prevention Initiative

What is MSPI?
The Meth and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) provides grant funds for innovative tribal programs that focus on methamphetamine and suicide prevention and treatment. The initiative includes research, education, resource management and behavioral health referrals.
We’ll be working to develop community-based, culturally sensitive programs. These programs include meth and suicide response teams. We’ll coordinate services among law enforcement, medical professionals, our tribal departments, and the community to address the underlying causes of meth abuse and suicide.
A significant component of the initiative will be education programs for children, youth, caregivers and teachers. We’ll also be putting into place a method of referring people affected by meth and suicide to facilities which can help them through the recovery process.


More about Meth
In 2004, the “Monitoring the Future Study” from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan found that 6.2% of High School seniors reported using meth in their lifetime. Here are some basic meth facts:
  • Meth is a synthetic, highly addictive stimulant.
  • Meth can be injected, smoked, snorted, or ingested.
  • Meth use causes episodes of violent behavior, paranoia, confusion, anxiety and insomnia.
  • Psychotic symptoms persist for months or years after someone stops using meth.
  • Meth is often taken in a cycle where alcohol and marijuana are used to ease the pain of withdrawal.
  • Meth is called crank, meth, and speed. Street names also include chalk, chicken feed, crypto, fast, getgo, redneck cocaine, rock, tick tock, and several others.
More about Suicide
A 2007 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, found that from 1999 to 2004, American Indian/Alaska Native males in the 15 to 24 year old age group had a higher suicide rate than peers in other ethnic groups:
  • Native American = 27.99
  • White 17.54
  • Black = 12.80
  • Asian/Pacific Islander = 8.39
(Figures are per 100,000)


Protective Factors vs. Risk Factors
Studies show that increasing Protective Factors and eliminating Risk Factors helps reduce the probability of young people starting drug abuse and suicidal tendencies. Creating programs to address the delicate balance between these factors helps us prevent tragic outcomes.


Protective Factors
  • Family / Bonds
  • Relation to Culture
  • Positive Role Models
  • Achievement (Academic & Other)
  • Self-Control / Strong Sense of Self
Risk Factors
  • Temperament
  • Neighborhood Norms
  • Social Status
  • Peer Pressure
  • Access to Drugs


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This service is a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.


  • Call for yourself or someone you care about
  • Free and confidential
  • A network of more than 140 crisis centers nationwide
  • Available 24/7
The Bureau of Veterans’ Affairs Office has partnered with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to provide specialized care. When Dialing the lifeline, press 1. Your call will be routed to the Veterans’ Program.