In the United States, one person completes suicide every 12.3 minutes. It’s estimated that more than 5 million people in the United States have been directly affected by suicide. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death – and happens at 2.5 times the national rate – for AI/AN youth between 15 and 24 years old (CDC). According to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, 1 in 5 AI/AN youth report attempting suicide each year.
Services are available to help our communities assess and treat suicidal behaviors and their underlying causes. It takes a collective effort from all of us to raise awareness of Native youth suicide and spread the word about resources that can help us fight against this epidemic.
This year, National Suicide Prevention Week is September 5 – 11, with World Suicide Prevention day taking place September 10, 2016. It’s a time for everyone to come together to promote and expand suicide prevention resources at all levels – from tools for impacting legislation to on-the-ground prevention trainings. By working together, we’ll show that we care and that no one is alone in the battle against suicide
This year’s theme is “Connect. Communicate. Care.” and will focus on raising global awareness of suicide as a major preventable cause of premature death. During National Suicide Prevention Week, you and your organization can use your platforms to raise awareness and share suicide prevention resources. We’re encouraging everyone to get involved – schools and colleges, community mental health centers, hospitals, private treatment facilities, churches, corporations and businesses, organizations and institutions, survivors, and their loved ones.
Join the Center for Native American Youth in raising awareness of youth suicide and suicide prevention September 5-11 for National Suicide Prevention Week. We’re sharing resources on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow us and repost to help spread the word!
We hope these resources will be helpful as you work to raise awareness of health promotion and suicide prevention in your community. Here’s a sneak peek of the resources we’re highlighting this week:
This post was contributed by Champion for Change and 2016 CNAY Summer Intern Keith Martinez.