My child is thinking about suicide

The holiday season can be really hard for people. If you or a loved one are thinking about suicide there are resources that are available for you. Talk to a trusted adult like your school counselor, teacher, or family member. When someone has suicidal thoughts, it is an emergency!

You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741741.

If you want to be involved in suicide prevention. You can check out We R Native’s website and the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s (IASP) or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) webpages for more information, factsheets, and Suicide Prevention events worldwide: or

Here’s what you can do:

•Organize a cultural or spiritual event to raise awareness about suicide (maybe an Out of the Darkness Walk).

•Organize a training at your school on suicide and depression…host a Question, Persuade, Respond (QPR) training or TeenScreen event.

•Watch We R Native YouTube video’s on suicide prevention.

•Create a video about suicide prevention and post it on We R Native.

•Check out these additional resources: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education ( or the get involved page of the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

•Create and share hopeful message by using the #WeNeedYouHere blank sign. This small message can remind a friend, a family member, or even a person across the country that We Are Connected and #weneedyouhere.

•Apply for a We R Native mini grant of up to $475 to host a World Suicide Prevention month activity. Learn more and apply here

Spread the word that suicide CAN BE PREVENTED!

Auntie Manda

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