Suicide in Urban Natives: Detection and Networks to Combat Events (SUNDANCE)

  • End date
    May 31, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Colorado, Denver
Updated on 10 May 2022


This study compares the effectiveness of a program to detect and manage suicide risk among American-Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth. Half of the participants will receive caring text messages to reduce suicidal thoughts, attempts, and hospitalizations and to increase engagement, social connectedness, and resilience in at-risk youth. The other half will receive usual care that does not include the caring text messages.


The study, "Suicide in Urban Natives: Detection and Networks to Combat Events," builds on Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to treatment (SBIRT), carried out through the primary care setting, to detect and manage suicide risk. This approach is multilevel, targeting both the healthcare system and the individual, and links screening to existing mobile phone technologies shown to promote resilience and to tap the protective benefits of social connectedness. This Collaborative Hub will conduct a randomized control trial that compares the effectiveness of enhancing these SBIRT programs by sending caring text messages to reduce suicidal ideation, attempts, and hospitalizations, and to increase engagement, social connectedness, and resilience. The Investigators' long-term goal is to disseminate and translate the lessons learned into practical policy, organizational changes, and preventive innovations that optimize patient-centered health outcomes and ultimately reduce or eliminate the dramatic and tragic suicide-related health disparities among urban AI/AN youth and young adults.

Condition Suicide Prevention
Treatment SBIRT Usual Care, SBIRT+6, SBIRT+12, SBIRT+Usual Care
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03136094
SponsorUniversity of Colorado, Denver
Last Modified on10 May 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Self-identify as American Indian or Alaska Native
Screen positive for mild, moderate, or severe risk of suicidality (referred by a clinical provider)
Have a text-enabled mobile phone
Willing to be contacted by text
Able to participate voluntarily
Speak and read English
Cognitively able to independently provide written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria

Under age 18
In danger of imminent self-harm
Clear my responses

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