White Earth Suicide Intervention Team


The White Earth Suicide Intervention Team (WESIT) was created in 1990 in response to an extraordinarily high rate of suicide attempts and completions among tribal members living on the White Earth Reservation. With the Tribal Council’s official support, a group of volunteers came together following a series of grassroots community meetings and adopted the mission of ―suicide intervention. Their volunteer program is designed to provide support and care to clients and family members and to ensure that appropriate intervention and treatment occur in the event of suicidal ideation or a suicide attempt. In 1990, there was great despair among members of the White Earth Reservation that they might not be able to overcome this difficult problem; today, WESIT’s effectiveness is best demonstrated through a renewed level of community hope. WESIT has turned the tide of opinion at White Earth, showing that with compassion, coordinated resources, and proper training, something can be done.

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"White Earth Suicide Intervention Team." Honoring Nations: 2000 Honoree. Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts. 2001. Report. 


This Honoring Nations report is featured on the Indigenous Governance Database with the permission of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. 

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