Project HOPE: Implementing Sensory Experiences for Suicide Prevention in a Native American Community

Joy Doll, Katelyn Brady

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Suicide remains a significant problem for Native American populations; however, culturally appropriate interventions are lacking (Suicide Prevention Resource Center, 2011). Occupational therapy practitioners can aid in suicide prevention and intervention (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2005). This study presents a culturally appropriate program and research project following a community-based participatory research design that explores the impact of a sensory curriculum for suicide prevention on Native American youth. The perceptions of the young peoples' sensory experiences are explored. Evidence from the study demonstrates the value of exploring the use of occupational therapy intervention in Native American communities to address significant health concerns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-158
Number of pages10
JournalOccupational Therapy in Mental Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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