September is National Suicide Awareness Month and many partners shared resources and opportunities to help raise awareness in Indian Country. Brief summaries of key initiatives are described below.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide pocket sized suicide prevention cards with partners and networks, which prominently features the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1800-273-TALK (8255).
We R Native created a contest asking Native youth to share a message about ending suicide. Youth were asked to print a sign or create their own and submit their photos on social media. Participants were then eligible to win gear and cash prizes.
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention announced the first-ever National American Indian and Alaska Native Suicide Prevention Hope for Life Day. This will be an annual event held on September 10, in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day. A Hope for Life toolkit was created to help raise awareness of Hope for Life Day, including youth engagement strategies.