National Suicide Prevention Week

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Suicide is a troubling topic that most of us would rather not deal with, but suicide is a reality, and it is more common than we would like to think. By paying attention to warning signs, talking about the “unthinkable,” getting connected with family, friends and our culture - we may be able to help a friend in a time of need.

Each September you can join We R Native in supporting National Suicide Prevention Month and this year's Suicide Prevention Week is September 10-16. By educating our friends and family about suicide and mental illness we can spread the word that suicide CAN BE PREVENTED. To get help or give help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text START to 741741 to chat via text.

Get started by reading a few of these articles. Educate yourself about suicide and warning signs: Then, take action and spread the word that suicide CAN BE PREVENTED! Here’s what you can do:
  • Organize a candlelight ceremony or walk to remember those who have died by suicide.
  • Organize a cultural or spiritual event to raise awareness about suicide.
  • Organize a training at your school on suicide and depression...host a QPR training or TeenScreen event.
  • Visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s (IASP) webpage for more information, factsheets, and World Suicide Prevention day events worldwide: iasp.info
  • Create a video about suicide prevention and post it on We R Native.
  • 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
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