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Commons committee issues Indigenous suicide study with 28 recommendations

A House of Commons committee looking at the issue of Indigenous suicide is urging the federal government to make sure Aboriginal communities have resources available after hours and on weekends — times when emergencies often occur.

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11/10/2019

article LETTER: Native American chief shares message with those suffering
(Wyoming) -- I just heard that a young man I knew had taken his own life. His world went black, and he could see no light. A few years ago, when I was a crisis counselor...

11/6/2019

article Inuit help Innu, as Nunatsiavut lends support to Sheshatshiu suicide crisis
(Nunavut) -- As support workers continue around-the-clock support to help people in Sheshatshiu deal with the community's suicide crisis, the effort has also brought...
article Minnesota youth unpack their trauma: "We don't have to be stuck in these emotions"
(Minnesota) -- Young people in Minnesota are speaking up about mental health with the goal of stopping the stigma. At a youth cultural healing summit, held at a church...

11/5/2019

article The Sheshatshiu suicide crisis 'didn't happen overnight.' How does the community break the cycle?
(North Canada) -- The grief and pain in the Labrador Innu community of Sheshatshiu has captured the Canadian spotlight, and in the midst of it stands Anastasia Qupee,...

10/30/2019

article Breaking the silence: Native Americans overcome taboos in battle against suicide
(Arizona) -- On a cool evening, crickets chirp in tall grass. A fresh breeze carries the songs of cicadas, and as members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe come...

10/22/2019

article Breaking the silence: Native Americans overcome taboos in battle against suicide
(Arizona) -- On a cool evening, crickets chirp in tall grass. A fresh breeze carries the songs of cicadas, and as members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe come...
article Native American women using running for mental health help
(Minnesota) -- For the first time, Sarah Agathon Howes strapped on her sneakers and decided to run, she was admittedly confident. Running was not what she saw doing in...

10/20/2019

article Catching the warning signs: N.W.T. workshops promote suicide prevention
(Northwest Territories) -- Alyssa Carpenter knows depression and suicidal ideation from the inside, and she's learned the formal skills to not only help herself, but...

10/18/2019

article Breaking the silence: Native Americans overcome taboos in battle against suicide
(Arizona) -- On a cool evening, crickets chirp in tall grass. A fresh breeze carries the songs of cicadas, and as members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe come...

10/13/2019

article Great Plains to tackle Native youth suicide through five-year, multi-million dollar grant
(South Dakota) -- Native Americans are 2.5 times more likely to die by suicide compared to the white population in South Dakota, the state with the sixth-highest suicide...

10/10/2019

article Structural Barriers To Mental Health Services Found In American Indian Communities
(Indian Country) -- According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults will experience some form of mental illness this year. However, researchers...

10/9/2019

article Native community leaders forge paths toward suicide prevention
(Idaho) -- When her counselor told her she had a call, Willeena George’s stomach fell. She knew it must be important for the officials at the Idaho prison where...

9/28/2019

article Ethnicity Plays A Role In What Drives You To Suicide, Study Finds
(USA) -- An estimated 8.3 million adults reported thinking about suicide in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is also believed...

9/18/2019

article Child advocates call for a national youth suicide prevention strategy
(Alberta) -- A national organization representing children and youth in Canada is calling on governments to address the number of youth suicides in the country.
article Unveiling the taboo of suicide in Native American communities
(Arizona) -- September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, in 2017, suicide was the leading cause of...

9/17/2019

article 'Time to take action:' Children's advocates call for national youth suicide strategy
(Manitoba) -- Children's advocates from across the country are urging the federal government to create a national strategy to deal with what they are calling a youth...

9/16/2019

press release Around Alaska, there’s a new approach to suicide prevention: Think locally
(Alaska) -- Alaska’s rural communities are as diverse in culture as they are in geography, so it should come as no surprise that they all have their own ways of...

9/14/2019

article Grieving family says government ignoring Indigenous suicide crisis
(Manitoba) -- I had no words of comfort to say to my cousin. I was only able to sit beside her in silence and witness her grief and sorrow, letting her talk and share as...

9/10/2019

article Meet 5 Indigenous youth who are spreading hope in communities on World Suicide Prevention Day
(Worldwide) -- Sept. 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day. It's an important day for Indigenous youth involved with We Matter, an Indigenous youth-led non-profit...

9/9/2019

article Meet 5 Indigenous youth who are spreading hope in communities on World Suicide Prevention Day
(Canada) -- Sept. 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day. It's an important day for Indigenous youth involved with We Matter, an Indigenous youth-led non-profit...
article 'Eskimo Ninja' Nick Hanson talks about cultural identity, suicide prevention
(Alaska) -- Nick Hanson may be best known as the "Eskimo Ninja" on the American Ninja Warrior television program. Through that platform, he's made it his...

9/6/2019

article Native Connections to host Suicide Awareness Week
(Washington) -- The Colville Tribal Native Connections Program will host multiple public awareness events as part of a Suicide Awareness Week, Sep. 9 through Sep. 13 at...

9/4/2019

article New Mental Health Center On Reservation Aims To Deal With High Rates Of Suicide
(Colorado) -- As the Mountain West continues to see a disproportionate number of youth suicides, one tribe in Southwest Colorado is opening up a new mental health center...

9/3/2019

article Ute Mountain Ute tribe confronts rising youth suicide rates with new mental health center
(Colorado) -- The night she lost her teenage cousin to suicide, a boy she considered her brother, Cheyenne Hayes thought her mind was going crazy. As the Ute Mountain...

8/30/2019

article God's Lake First Nation calls state of emergency over suicide crisis
(Manitoba) -- A northern Manitoba First Nation has called a state of emergency in response to a rash of suicide attempts that left four young people dead. "We have...
article God’s Lake First Nation declares state of emergency amid suicide crisis
(Manitoba) -- A remote Manitoba First Nation has activated a state of emergency as it deals with an ongoing suicide crisis. “We have been dealing with an ongoing...

8/24/2019

article Free educational resource helps teachers prevent youth suicide in First Nations
(Ontario) -- It's a tragic statistic that people in Indigenous communities know all too well. Suicide rates among First Nations youth are at least three times higher...

8/16/2019

article National suicide hotline number could change to just three digits
(USA) -- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is an essential tool to help millions of Americans dealing with mental health issues and potentially facing crises.
article Panel calls for better suicide prevention services for youth in B.C.
(British Columbia) -- A panel of experts says there is a need for more timely access to mental health supports and services in rural area of British Columbia to try and...

8/15/2019

article The State With the Highest Suicide Rate Desperately Needs Shrinks
(Montana) -- The mental health unit inside the Glendive Medical Center is dark, and when Jaime Shanks declares that a light switch surely must be around here somewhere,...

8/9/2019

article Community effort needed to prevent suicide, experts said
(Montana) -- Specialists and health professionals agree the only way for Montana to deal with the statewide suicide crisis is to work together in a joint community...

8/8/2019

article Hannah Tooktoo returns to hero's welcome after 8-week bicycle journey for suicide prevention
(Quebec) -- Dozens of supporters welcomed Hannah Tooktoo back to Montreal on Thursday afternoon after the 24-year-old Inuk student spent the past two months bicycling...

8/6/2019

article Arizona lawmaker tackles Native American suicide epidemic
(Washington D.C.) -- The Native American suicide rate is at epidemic levels. An Arizona lawmaker is trying to tackle the issue with new legislation. "It has...

8/3/2019

article Bullying led Utah State University psychology student to suicide, lawsuit alleges
(Utah) -- Even after she and her friends in Utah State University's psychology program reported continuous bullying from a fellow classmate, the intimidation...

7/30/2019

article Many North American indigenous youth experience symptoms of depression during adolescence
(Missouri) -- Studies of youth and their experiences with depression have tended not to include Indigenous youth. A new study that analyzed data on the development of...

7/25/2019

article Fort Belknap leaders discuss state of emergency due to increase in suicides
(Montana) -- The Fort Belknap Indian Community Council (FBICC), which consists of 10 council members representing two tribes, the Nakoda and Aaniiih Tribes, recently...

7/21/2019

article Problem gamblers much more likely to attempt suicide – study
(UK) -- Problem gamblers are significantly more likely to attempt suicide, according to a pioneering study that has prompted calls for the government to do more to...

7/20/2019

article Idaho Peisoners Volunteer at Suicide Hotline
(Idaho) -- While Tamara Reuben spent an evening volunteering at the Idaho Suicide Hotline, one of her family members died by suicide."Why didn't he call the...

7/17/2019

article 'It's given me a purpose': Idaho prisoners volunteer at suicide hotline
(Idaho) -- While Tamara Reuben spent an evening volunteering at the Idaho Suicide Hotline, one of her family members died by suicide. “Why didn’t he call the...

7/11/2019

article Blood Tribe detox centre visited by associate mental health and addictions minister
(Alberta) -- Alberta’s associate minister of mental health and addictions stopped in Standoff, the largest community on the Blood Tribe Reserve, to meet those on the...

7/8/2019

article Feds boosting suicide prevention support for Maine tribes
(Maine) -- The federal government is providing funding to Maine to help prevent youth suicide, including in Native American populations. The U.S. Department of Health...

7/5/2019

article OJ's story: Trauma and resilience in Rankin Inlet, after death of 11-year-old
(Nunavut) -- OJ Taparti had a sharp sense of humour and endless energy. He often joked around with those around him, at school and at home. He loved to run around the...

7/4/2019

article Group of youth from Black Lake, Sask., biking more than 1,400 km for suicide prevention awareness
(Saskatchewan) -- Around 30 kids plus chaperones are biking more than 1,400 kilometres from Black Lake, Sask., to Lac Ste. Anne, Alta., to raise awareness of suicide...

7/3/2019

article New CDC study shows local group with highest suicide rate in nation
(Oklahoma) -- One local group is at the top of a new CDC study released on suicide rates in the nation. The study analyzed groups of people from 1999 to 2017 and found...

6/26/2019

article An RWJF Clinical Nurse Scholar Tackles Youth Suicide
(North Dakota) -- Twenty youths attempted suicide the first month that Kelly McGrady, RN, started as an at-risk mentor for the school district of New Town, North Dakota...

6/22/2019

article U.S. suicide rates soar with Indigenous Women particularly vulnerable
(USA) -- US suicide rates have skyrocketed, reaching the highest they’ve been since World War II. Sadly, indigenous men and women are particularly affected....

6/21/2019

article Suicide rate for Native American women is up 139%
(USA) -- The US suicide rate is up 33% since 1999, but for Native American men and women, the increase is even greater: 139% and 71%, respectively, according to an...

6/20/2019

article Dramatic Suicide Spikes in U.S. Hit Native Groups Hardest
(Indian Country) -- Suicide in the U.S. increased at a dramatic rate from 1999 to 2017, especially among native populations, researchers found. The overall age-adjusted...

6/15/2019

article Inuk student biking across Canada to raise awareness of suicide crisis among Inuit youth
(Nunavut) -- After a wave of youth suicides in Nunavik last fall, Inuk student Hannah Tooktoo felt helpless living over 1,400 kilometres south from her family and...

6/12/2019

article Native American Health Center in California Bay Area hosts ‘Culture is Prevention Summit’
(California) -- Recently, the Native American Health Centers in Oakland and San Francisco held their second annual Culture is Prevention Summit for Native American youth...

6/8/2019

article Inuk rapper writes music to address suicide epidemic in Iqaluit
(Nunavut) -- FXCKMR, born MisterLee Cloutier-Ellsworth, is an up-and-coming rapper from Iqaluit, Nunavut who is not scared of exploring difficult topics in his music. On...

6/7/2019

article Suicide in Northwest Jail highlights risk for Native American inmates
(Oregon) -- On Feb. 26, 2014, staff booked Shannon Jefferson into the Whatcom County Jail for a probation violation and failing to appear in court on a fourth degree...
article Suicides in Northwest jails highlight risk for Native American inmates
(Oregon) -- Shannon Jefferson was booked into Washington’s Whatcom County Jail on Feb. 26, 2014, for a probation violation and failing to appear in court on a...

6/5/2019

article Suicide in Northwest Jail highlights risk for Native American inmates
(Oregon) -- On Feb. 26, 2014, staff booked Shannon Jefferson into the Whatcom County Jail for a probation violation and failing to appear in court on a fourth degree...

6/1/2019

article Native Youth Suicide Prevention Camp
(North Dakota) -- Suicide is an epidemic in the state, particularly among our Native American population. According to the CDC, it is a leading cause of death in the U.S...

5/23/2019

article When there is no ritual to dream: The silence of Indigenous suicide
(Australia) -- The high rates of Indigenous youth suicide in Australia can only be addressed if the country first changes and confronts both its historical and...

5/17/2019

article LETTER: American Indians grieving for more than 200 years of losses
(Montana) -- Suicide is a tragedy that ravages our society. The state of Montana ranks in the top five for the suicide rate, per capita, in America. Suicide in Indian...

5/14/2019

article Suicide prevention strategy sorely needed in Sask.: U of S prof
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan isn't working quickly enough to establish a suicide prevention strategy, according to a suicide prevention specialist.

5/13/2019

article 'Unspeakable': how can Australia stop the Indigenous suicide epidemic?
(Australia) -- Since the start of this year, 62 Aboriginal people – 15 of them children – have died by suicide. More than half of them were under 25 years...

5/9/2019

article Parliament passes Charlie Angus's motion to establish national suicide prevention action plan
(Ontario) -- As parliamentarians voted unanimously Wednesday evening in favour of a national suicide prevention action plan, NDP MP Charlie Angus, who proposed the...

5/8/2019

article State lawmakers approve plan to fix mental health system
(Washington) -- State legislators have taken substantial steps to reshape the mental health system, including funding for new facilities, legislation to increase the...

5/7/2019

article Hospitalization for youth with mental health disorders up 58% in N.W.T. over past decade
(North Canada) -- The number of children and young people who were hospitalised for mental health disorders in the Northwest Territories has risen close to 58 per cent...

5/4/2019

article Cassidy Giroux was a 'shining star,' says school principal
(North Canada) -- Cassidy Giroux transferred to St. Patrick High School in Yellowknife last November, and quickly stood out among the approximately 530 students. She was...

5/1/2019

article Missoula Urban Indian Health Center gets $1.65M to combat suicide, substance abuse
(Montana) -- American Indian youth in Montana are five times more likely to commit suicide compared to other populations, according to the Missoula Urban Indian Health...

4/23/2019

article Eastern Shoshone decry closure of Lander mental health unit
(Idaho) -- Eastern Shoshone Tribe leaders this week decried the closure of the Lander behavioral health unit PineRidge, charging that the closure would...

4/14/2019

article Indigenous athlete combats mental illness by teaching Thai kickboxing
(Calgary) -- Siksika Nation members partner up to spar during their noon hour Muay Thai kickboxing workout at the Siksika Sportsplex. At the front of the room is...

4/7/2019

article After losing sister to an overdose, woman dedicates life to helping Indigenous youth
(North Canada) -- After struggling with addiction and her own mental health issues, Jaylene Delorme-Buggins has dedicated her life to helping youth. Now the Yellowknives...

3/31/2019

article What People Get Wrong About Suicides On Tribal Lands
(Pennsylvania) -- Native American communities experience a of mental health issues, such as substance abuse and suicide, than any other racial or ethnic group in the...

3/28/2019

article Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief sets her sights on mental health
(Saskatchewan) -- Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson said provincial support for the La Ronge Detox Centre is welcome, but that while detox is "vital...

3/23/2019

article Emotional plea for Indigenous mental heatlh workers at Trudeau's town hall in Thunder Bay
(Thunder Bay) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heard an emotional plea for mental health supports in Indigenous communities during his town hall meeting Friday evening...

3/15/2019

article 20% of gamblers attempt suicide — why don't we take the addiction more seriously?
(USA) -- The smell is the first assault even though the triggers for sensory overload occur concurrently. That is by design. As the fog of cigarette smoke invades your...

3/12/2019

article Problem gamblers at 15 times higher risk of suicide, study finds
(UK) -- People with a gambling problem are 15 times more likely to take their own life, according to the largest study of its kind, prompting calls for swifter action by...

3/7/2019

article StrongHearts Native Helpline Expands Operating Hours In Order To Better Serve Native Americans Impacted By Domestic Violence
(Minnesota) -- On its second year anniversary, the StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-7NATIVE) is announcing the expansion of its hours of operation, which are now 7 a....

2/25/2019

article Tribal Behavioral Health hosts ‘Mental Health First Aid’ training
(Washington) -- The Colville Tribes Native Connections program hosted an 8 hour Mental Health First Aid Training, Monday at the Lucy F. Covington Government Center in...

2/21/2019

article Still more work to do on 7 Indigenous student death inquest recommendations, advocates, governments say
(Ontario) -- While a recent report by lawyers representing families of six of seven Indigenous students whose deaths in Thunder Bay, Ont., were the subject of a months-...

2/17/2019

article Panel discusses war on suicide in Montana
(Montana) -- A panel discussed what progress has been made in Montana to curb suicide since passage of a bill in 2017 and also noted challenges facing the state. Since...

2/7/2019

article 'Intergenerational trauma' behind spate of child suicides in Kimberley, coroner finds
(Australia) -- A major coronial report has found abuse, inter-generational trauma, and poverty were responsible for a spate of suicides by young Indigenous people in the...
article If the Kimberley was a country, it would have the worst suicide rate in the world
(Australia) -- If Western Australia's remote Kimberley region was a country – and with an area of half a million square kilometres it's big enough to be...

1/24/2019

article Two Colorado middle school students from Ute Mountain Ute Tribe die by suicide over weekend
(Colorado) -- The Ute Mountain Ute and Cortez communities in the Four Corners region are grieving this week after two middle school students died by suicide over the...

1/17/2019

article Eskasoni grappling with grief after rash of deaths
(Nova Scotia) -- Nova Scotia's largest Mi'kmaw community is grieving after what the band council calls multiple "expected and unexpected" deaths and is...

1/9/2019

article The case for optimism in reducing Indigenous suicide
(Australia) -- 2018 Australian of the Year (WA) Dr. Tracy Westerman talks Aboriginal mental health, suicide and positivity. Psychologist Dr. Tracy Westerman paints a...

1/6/2019

article It’s despair, not depression, that’s responsible for Indigenous suicide
(Australia) -- Last year, 165 Indigenous Australians died as a result of suicide. Despite continued efforts to improve suicide prevention programs, there has been no...

12/17/2018

article Suicide deaths increase significantly in Minnesota
(Minnesota) -- The rate of suicide increased significantly in Minnesota in the last several years, according to new data from the Minnesota Department of Health. Data...

12/15/2018

article Boy, 12, jumped off a bridge to die, police said; instead, he killed someone else
(Virginia) -- There was no way she could have seen him, the boy on the bridge. Marisa Harris was driving her Ford Escape down a Northern Virginia highway, heading home...

12/13/2018

article What People Get Wrong About Suicides On Tribal Lands
(New York) -- Native American communities experience a much higher rate of mental health issues, such as substance abuse and suicide, than any other racial or ethnic...

12/4/2018

article Suicide crisis in remote Indigenous communities 'Australia's shame', Senate inquiry finds
(Australia) -- A Senate inquiry into mental health in rural and remote areas has found that suicide has long since reached a crisis level in Aboriginal and Torres Strait...

11/29/2018

article Suicides are at the highest rate in decades, CDC report shows
(Washington D.C.) -- The suicide rate is the highest it’s been in decades, the latest warning sign of a worsening public health issue in America that needs far...

11/28/2018

article Native American suicides: Coping with trauma saved this woman's life
(Indian Country) -- With practiced precision, Shelby Rowe uses a small needle to lift each bead, stitching it into fabric, coaxing it to become something more. Her black...

11/19/2018

article National Inuit group to host two-day forum on child abuse
(Ottawa) -- “Normalized” suicide. The very notion is unfathomable to most Canadians, but it is the reality for Inuit communities in the Arctic, says Natan...

11/13/2018

article Youth protection officials failed suicidal Salluit teen, Quebec coroner concludes
(Quebec) -- Quebec's youth protection services failed to provide adequate followup with a teen in foster care who had expressed suicidal thoughts, a coroner has...

11/8/2018

article Group of schools receive suicide prevention grant
(Montana) -- When one door closes, another opens. That can be said for a group of schools on the Flathead Indian Reservation after they have begun to receive funding to...

11/7/2018

article 'You have got to talk about it:' Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation chief opens up about suicide
(North Canada) -- The chief of the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation (SIFN) is speaking out about his own family's experience with suicide in the hopes it helps others...

11/5/2018

article Aboriginal activist opens up about her 'brain trauma' which she claims is caused by the abuse suffered by her ancestors
(Australia) -- Proud aboriginal activist Leilani Clarke who has been called a 'wonderful' young person by a magistrate and has gained attention for her disdain...

10/31/2018

article A call for hope during a time of pain: Nunavik looks for solutions to suicide crisis
(Quebec) -- As people in Kuujjuaq prepared to bury two young people Tuesday — the latest victims of apparent suicides — the town's mayor called for hope...

10/30/2018

article Emergency meetings begin as Nunavik grapples with string of suicides
(Quebec) -- As winter approaches in Quebec's Arctic region, the sun doesn't rise very high in the crisp, blue sky. It hangs rather low, circling above, and...

10/18/2018

article Helpline for Indigenous women expands service throughout Ontario
(Ontario) -- A telephone helpline that offers support for Indigenous women in Northern Ontario is expanding its services to the rest of Ontario on Friday. After six...
article Quebec Inuit leaders plead for mental health support in wake of youth suicides
(Quebec) -- In Nunavik, Quebec's expansive northern region dotted by remote fly-in Inuit villages, most residents are connected to at least one, if not several of...

10/16/2018

article Kativik school board in northern Quebec calls emergency meeting in wake of youth suicides
(Quebec) -- Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, the school board serving Quebec's Inuit territory of Nunavik, has called an emergency meeting at the end of this month to...

10/14/2018

article Tanya Talaga discusses suicide crisis on Canada's First Nation reserves | Sunday Scrum
(Canada) -- Tanya Talaga is the author featured in this year's CBC Massey Lectures: All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward, which explores youth suicide on some...

9/30/2018

article Group home operator failed to monitor troubled teen who killed herself, lawsuit alleges
(Ontario) -- The family of Kanina Sue Turtle, who killed herself while in group foster home care, is suing Tikinagan Child & Family Services, alleging staff were...

9/29/2018

article Programs teach Minnesota's American Indian youth the warning signs of suicide
(Minnesota) -- A group of middle-schoolers shared colorful markers as they designed poster boards spread around two wooden tables scattered with glitter and...
article The nation's only insane asylum for Indians was in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- A fall exhibit in Sioux Falls has opened up in Mitchell and a public forum scheduled to be held in Rapid City both tell the story of the nation’s...

9/19/2018

article Indian Family Health Clinic hosts suicide prevention symposium
(Montana) -- The Indian Family Health Clinic collaborated with the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe in an effort to find solutions for methamphetamine addiction and suicide...

9/15/2018

article Coconino County suicide rates higher than Arizona, U.S.
(Arizona) -- On average, one Coconino County resident committed suicide every two weeks between 2010 and 2016. This statistic, along with others that lend themselves to...

9/14/2018

article Tribal Health Consortium wants to remove stigma behind talking about suicide
(Alaska) -- Suicide can be a difficult topic to talk about, particularly in a state that is often ranked at the top of the list for deaths by suicide. Suicide can be a...

9/13/2018

article Suicide Prevention Awareness Month events in Ronan
(Montana) -- September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and there is no better time to focus on the issue pertaining to the Flathead Indian Reservation.

9/12/2018

article High-stakes Las Vegas gambler commits suicide: Is the casino liable?
(Las Vegas) -- In this week’s travel law article, we examine the case of Head v. Las Vegas Sands, LLC d/b/a The Venetian Resort Hotel/Casino/The Palazzo Resort...

9/11/2018

article Man finds peace after attempting suicide more than a dozen times
(Arizona) -- Ralph Romero, 50, is back in school at Pima Community College. But his story doesn't start in the classroom - it starts in his childhood home. Romero...

9/10/2018

article Two walks, one cause: Suicide prevention events raise awareness in Butte
(Montana) -- The weekend before national suicide prevention week, Butte hosted two public walks to help spread suicide awareness. On Saturday, the Butte Civic Center...

8/28/2018

article VIDEO: Suicide is Hush Hush. We Need to Talk About It
(California) -- Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health released its Hush Hush video about suicide in Indian communities. We interviewed 86 community members...

8/23/2018

article Sitka conference: Resilience key to overcoming childhood trauma
(Alaska) -- For years we’ve known that when bad things happen to children, it can affect their health as adults. And the range of bad things is not limited to...

8/16/2018

article Native American Tribes In Amador County Lean On Ancient Medicine To Combat Suicide
(California) -- Amador County is one of a dozen rural communities in California struggling with high rates of suicide. The problem is tied to poverty, substance abuse, a...

8/13/2018

article New suicide-prevention efforts target La Plata, Montezuma counties
(Colorado) -- La Plata and Montezuma counties are among six in Colorado selected to participate in collaboration to create a model for suicide prevention that could be...

8/11/2018

article First Indigenous Miss Teenage Ontario aims to shed light on youth suicide
(Ontario) -- The first-ever Indigenous contestant to win a Miss Teenage Ontario title is using her pageant platform to battle Indigenous youth suicide. Aleria McKay, who...

8/10/2018

article First Indigenous Miss Teenage Ontario aims to shed light on youth suicide
(Ontario) -- The first-ever Indigenous contestant to win a Miss Teenage Ontario title is using her pageant platform to battle Indigenous youth suicide. Aleria McKay, who...

8/8/2018

article Tribes call for community members to wear purple and turquoise, honoring suicide prevention, Saturday at Stampede
(Washington) -- This year the jockeys in the World Famous Suicide Race will be wearing turquoise and blue ribbons on the left side of their competition numbers in a...

8/7/2018

article Business council acts on suicide resolution
(Washington) -- The Colville Business Council has authorized its chairman to declare a state of emergency concerning recent youth and adult suicides on the reservation.

7/16/2018

article Suicidal Man Arrested After Hours of Standoff with Tribal Officers
(Michigan) -- A man was taken into custody after an hours-long standoff in Leelanau County. At around 10:38 Sunday night, the 911 Dispatch Center received a call from a...

7/6/2018

article OP/ED: Suicide is a national epidemic. We need to treat it like one.
(USA) -- Just a month has passed since the high-profile deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, yet suicide has already dropped off the public radar. That’s...

6/11/2018

article Runners participate in event to help raise awareness about suicide
(California) -- Runners took their mark Sunday morning for the third annual Running Brave, The Race to End Suicide at the Sundial Bridge in Redding. The event was held...

6/9/2018

article Research Suggests Suicides By Racial and Ethnic Minorities are Undercounted
(USA) -- As a sociologist and criminologist, I often do community outreach on mental health prevention. I urge organizations and programs to avoid “one size fits...
article Suicide is desperate. It is hostile. It is tragic. But mostly, it is a bloody mess.
(New York) -- The blood was like Jell-O. That is what blood gets like, after you die, before they tidy up. Somehow, I had expected it would be gone. The police and...

6/8/2018

article Montana leads national suicide rate growth in latest report
(Montana) -- Nearly every state saw a rise in suicide rates during a 17-year period at the focus of a report published this week by the Centers for Disease Control. In...
article World Traveling Television chef Anthony Bourdain has died at 61
(Worldwide) -- The world-famous television chef and CNN storyteller that took viewers all over the globe, including tribal nations in Montana, has died from suicide at...

5/31/2018

article Indigenous children suicides not classified as suicide: coroner’s offices
(Ontario) -- When children under the age of 10 die by suicide in Ontario, their deaths are likely to be deemed an accident or as “undetermined” by the...

5/18/2018

article Youth suicides, violence: Nunavut community of Pangnirtung calling out for help amid 'sense of desperation'
(North Canada) -- Henry Mike has lost count of how many of his loved ones have taken their own lives. "It takes a toll on you," said Mike. "I've lost...

4/13/2018

article Alberta government developing suicide prevention comic books for Indigenous youth
(Alberta) -- The Government of Alberta is hoping comic books will help address the issue of suicide and assist with suicide prevention among Indigenous youth in the...
article Your Turn: Suicide in South Dakota and its impact
(South Dakota) -- Imagine coming home to discover that your child, perhaps a 12-year-old daughter or a 16-year-old son, has taken their own life. I can’t imagine...

4/6/2018

article Suicide surveillance and prevention a priority for Navajo committee
(Arizona) -- On March 26, the Health, Education and Human Services Committee received a report regarding a collaborative suicide prevention project involving the Navajo...

4/5/2018

article 13-year-old beauty queen from Alberta First Nation raising awareness about youth suicide
(Alberta) -- A 13-year-old beauty queen from a central Alberta First Nation is raising awareness about youth suicide after the death of her best friend. Shareena...

3/6/2018

article American Indian/Alaska Natives who commit suicide younger, live in rural areas
(USA) -- American Indians/Alaska Natives suicide decedents were more likely to commit suicide at a younger age and live in a nonmetropolitan area compared with non-...
article Center for tribal studies to conduct suicide prevention training
(Oklahoma) -- CPR training gives trainees the tools to aid someone in an emergency situation. The Center For Tribal Studies QPR Suicide Prevention Training is similar....

3/2/2018

article Youth suicide rates increasing among American Indians in SD
(South Dakota) -- Suicide rates in the United States have been increasing. Consequently, the national media have been covering more stories about suicide over the last...

2/16/2018

article A Minnesota teaching partnership brings Native American culture to the classroom: BTN LiveBIG
(Minnesota) -- Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for Native American youth ages 10 to 24. In fact, the suicide rate for children in American Indian tribes is...

2/9/2018

article Suicide prevention: mental health workers, politicians demand Canada-wide action plan
(Canada) -- There are calls on the federal government to adopt a national action plan on suicide prevention. Timmins—James Bay NDP MP Charlie Angus made his own...

1/25/2018

article Suicides in Nunavut hit 10-year low but more needs to be done, says advocate
(Nunavut) -- Nunavut had 25 deaths by suicide in 2017, the fewest in 10 years. The number, released by Nunavut's Chief Coroner, marks the second year in a row the...

1/24/2018

article Teen killed herself at foster home, mother wishes she hadn't obeyed 'their rules'
(Manitoba) -- The mother of a teen who killed herself while in the care of Manitoba Child and Family Services says she should have kept seeing her daughter despite being...

1/21/2018

article 'Speak goodness into your life': Former gang member now aims to save lives with suicide-prevention message
(Saskatchewan) -- Mental health advocate Andrew Bear brought a simple, but positive, message to students at Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation this week — one he hopes...

1/19/2018

article 'We are dying': Maskwacis community members overwhelmed by suicides
(Alberta) -- Emily Soosay is grieving the loss of her 22-year-old son Luwen Soosay-Morin, who took his life two days before Christmas. Saturday she attended a vigil for...

1/15/2018

article Two Fond du Lac teens take own lives as community recovers from plane crash
(Saskatchewan) -- A small northern Saskatchewan First Nation is once again in mourning after two teenagers committed suicide in recent weeks. The suicides in Fond du Lac...

1/14/2018

article 'We are dying': Maskwacis community members overwhelmed by suicides
(Alberta) -- Emily Soosay is grieving the loss of her 22-year-old son Luwen Soosay-Morin, who took his life two days before Christmas. Saturday she attended a vigil for...

1/11/2018

article No state of emergency on Alberta First Nation reeling from number of suicides
(Alberta) -- Maskwacis is reeling after several people died by suicide in the weeks leading up to the holiday season. There have been eight deaths since late November,...

1/7/2018

article Yucaipa girl may have killed herself after bully told her to, relative says
(California) -- Yucaipa eighth-grader Rosalie Avila may have committed suicide after a classmate told her to, a relative says. Classmates at Mesa View Middle School in...

12/20/2017

article Bullied Yucaipa girl who killed herself remembered as ‘an angel’ by family, friends at funeral
(California) -- Thirteen-year-old Rosalie Avila, a Yucaipa eighth-grader who took her own life after being bullied at school, was laid to rest Wednesday, Dec. 20,...
article New Committee Mandates Montana School Suicide Prevention Plans
(Montana) -- During the last 12 months, almost 10 percent of Montana high school students attempted suicide one or more times. That’s according to a biannual youth...

11/23/2017

article On Special Assignment: Confronting Native American suicide in Montana
(Montana) -- Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said he often feels like the ‘consoler’ in chief when he addressed the Zero Suicide Academy conference in Helena this...

11/21/2017

article On Special Assignment: Confronting Native American suicide
(Montana) -- Governor Steve Bullock said he often feels like the ‘consoler in chief' when he addressed the Zero Suicide Academy conference in Helena this fall...

11/14/2017

article Arne Vainio: I blamed myself for my father's death by suicide for over 50 years
(Minnesota) -- Suicide is a scary subject and it’s a touchy subject. Almost everyone has been touched by suicide and those left behind most often suffer in silence.

11/7/2017

article Montana's health department is taking applications for suicide prevention grants
(Montana) -- Montana's health department is taking applications from schools and communities for suicide prevention grants. The Legislature appropriated $1 million...

11/6/2017

article Deaths of 3 Indigenous teen girls lead to calls for trauma training
(Alberta) -- Alberta's child and youth advocate is calling on the provincial government to do more to recognize the symptoms of trauma in the young people it helps...
article Montana Offering $750,000, Hoping to Reduce High Suicide Rate
(Montana) -- The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is currently looking for ideas to help deal with the state’s notoriously high suicide rate...

11/5/2017

article Suicide death leap at Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs
(California) -- A man was killed Sunday when he leapt to his death from the top of the parking structure at the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs. Officers responded at...

10/30/2017

article Reviews of suicides of 2 Indigenous teens lead to more recommendations from child advocate
(Edmonton) -- Alberta's child and youth advocate is urging the province become more sensitive to the needs of at-risk youth after reviewing two more cases of...

10/15/2017

article Family wants inquest into Attawapiskat girl’s suicide
(Ontario) -- The family of Sheridan Hookimaw, a 13-year-old Attawapiskat girl who died by suicide, is seeking a coroner’s inquest to examine the circumstances that...

10/11/2017

article Family sues Indian boarding school in Pierre for wrongful death
(South Dakota) -- The family of a girl who died after a suicide attempt at a federal Indian boarding school has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the federal...
article Helena conference focuses on preventing suicide among Native American youth
(Montana) -- Tribal leaders and experts on mental health gathered in Helena Wednesday to work on ways to prevent suicide among Native American youth.

10/9/2017

article Family of Attawapiskat teen who killed herself calls for coroner's inquest
(Ontario) -- The family of a teenager who died by suicide in a remote Indigenous community on James Bay two years ago is calling for a coroner's inquest into her...

10/6/2017

article Americans living in rural areas more likely to die by suicide
(USA) -- Suicide rates in the United States have been rising sharply in recent decades, and Americans living in certain areas of the country are more at risk than others...

9/27/2017

article California Native: Suicide Prevention
(California) -- Native American communities have among the highest rates of suicide of any demographic across the country. Unlike the national trend, young people are...

9/26/2017

article Grant helps continue suicide conversation in schools
(Alaska) -- The conversation about suicide on the Kenai Peninsula continues on into the classroom, with support from the GCI Suicide Prevention Grant.

9/25/2017

article Documentary tells story of suicide’s impact on Native communities
(Alaska) -- Hope, strength, and resiliency is the focus of a new documentary that tells the story of four Alaska Natives who have been deeply impacted by suicide....

9/23/2017

article Suicide Claims More Lives in Arizona Than Homicide
(Arizona) -- Suicide occurs across and within all reaches and cultures. Arizona ranks eighth in the United States for death by suicide. The rate of suicide in Arizona is...

9/19/2017

article Aboriginal youth suicide: An athlete who couldn't outrun his past
(Australia) -- James was a star baseballer earmarked for a US sports scholarship. But he couldn't step out of the shadows of a deeply troubled childhood. This is the...

9/10/2017

article Community walks ‘Out of the Darkness’ for suicide awareness
(Alaska) -- Suicide rates in Alaska are at a 20-year high and it is the leading cause of death among Alaskans age 10 to 34, according to Alaska Health Analytics and...
article OP/ED: Indigenous youth are their own heroes – it’s time we listened
(Canada) -- Sunday is World Suicide Prevention Day and, Canada, we have a problem. You have already heard the statistics – that suicide rates for Indigenous youth...

9/9/2017

article Collateral Damage Project brings travelling gallery to Thunder Bay, Ont. hospital
(Ontario) -- A travelling photographic gallery of portraits of people left behind by a loved one's suicide is visiting Thunder Bay's hospital. The Collateral...

9/5/2017

article 'With you until I die'
(Alberta) -- Louis Grey has a manila envelope stuffed with love letters his teenage daughter wrote. He can’t make himself read them.

8/26/2017

article 'It's such a lonely loss': Northern Sask. families affected by suicide call for more open discussion
(Saskatoon) -- They've lost uncles, brothers, step-fathers and children as young as 12 years old, but they still have hope. A group of families affected by northern...

8/23/2017

article 'Disappointing' response so far to 7 youth inquest recommendations, says Aboriginal Legal Services
(Thunder Bay) -- Legal representatives for the families of six of the seven Indigenous students who were the subject of a coroner's inquest in Thunder Bay, Ont., say...
article Federal, provincial governments announce funding for NAN-led student safety plan
(Thunder Bay) -- The Ontario and federal governments say they've committed $10 million to an action plan developed by the Nishnawbe Aski Nation that aims to keep...

8/22/2017

article Suicides of young mothers leave northern Sask. community reeling
(Saskatchewan) -- A small northern Saskatchewan community is grieving after the recent suicides of two young mothers. A third woman has just come out of a coma after a...

8/13/2017

article A Mighty Duo / Eileen Janis and Yvonne 'Tiny' DeCory battle youth suicide
(South Dakota) -- She found the young boy playing outside his home, just off a road leading to the sculpted rock formations of the Badlands. The boy looked carefree.
article First Nations hold suicide-crisis vigil on St. Clair
(Ontario) -- Sigrid Kneve said she arrived at the Indigenous and Northern Affairs office in Toronto about three weeks ago with nothing but umbrellas and lawn chairs to...
article Vigil over First Nations youth suicides enters fourth week
(Ontario) -- Carrie Lester is trying to stop a leak between the two gazebo tents which she and fellow activists Sigrid Kneve and Sue Lynn Manone Cornfoot have been...

7/29/2017

article Ont. teacher paddles Nahanni River to raise funds for N.W.T. suicide prevention
(Ontario) -- A Fergus, Ont. teacher has paddled more than 500 kilometres solo on the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories to raise funds for a First Nation in the...

7/24/2017

article Health summit to be held in remote Ontario First Nation facing suicide crisis
(Ontario) -- A health summit will be held this fall in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, a collection of remote Northern Ontario reserves beset by a youth suicide crisis and a...

7/23/2017

article Gambling addict steps in front of 75mph train
(UK) -- A gambler who had debts left notes apologising for his actions before deliberately stepping into the path of a 75mph train. Kevin Taylor, 56, of Georgette...

7/20/2017

article 'The crisis never went away': Cross Lake chief says more resources needed to prevent suicides
(Manitoba) -- Leonard Ross is sitting in his pickup truck, parked outside his home in Pimicikamak. It's a quiet day in late June in the northern Manitoba First...

7/18/2017

article Canada committed to improving mental health in Indigenous communities: Philpott
(Canada) -- Preventing suicide requires achieving social equity. We have already taken important steps by investing in key social determinants of health, such as housing...

7/17/2017

article Ontario First Nation 'in shock' after two more young people take their own lives
(Ontario) -- Two young girls took their own lives in Pikangikum this weekend, bringing to four the number of adolescents who killed themselves on the remote Ontario fly-...
article Suicide crisis meeting to address reducing bureaucracy faced by Indigenous leaders, federal health minister says
(Ontario) -- A special meeting on the suicide crisis in Northern Ontario First Nations will be held next week between Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott, the office...

7/9/2017

article Globe editorial: Indigenous youths keep taking their own lives, and we keep looking away
(Ontario) -- In the space of six days last week, four Northern Ontario Indigenous youths made the grim decision to end their lives.The situation is a terrible shock to...

7/8/2017

article Four More Indigenous Young People Take Own Lives in Northern Ontario, Sparking Calls for Actions
(Ontario) -- Indigenous leaders in Northern Ontario say community workers are exhausted and their children are dealing with tragedy upon tragedy after four more young...
article “Staggering” number of suicides leads to MOU between Innu and Newfoundland
(Newfoundland) -- Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball and four Innu leaders signed an agreement to hold an inquiry into the “treatment, experiences and...

7/4/2017

article La Loche, Sask. woman starts GoFundMe page to prevent indigenous youth suicide
(Saskatchewan) -- A crowdfunding page has been started by a woman with the goal of preventing aboriginal youth suicide in northern Saskatchewan. La Loche high school...

6/30/2017

article Tribes allege discrimination by school district so bad Native American students committed suicide
(Montana) -- The Fort Peck tribes filed a complaint Wednesday against a Montana school district alleging pervasive discrimination against Native American students in...

6/27/2017

article 'Pervasive racism' remains outstanding issue from First Nation student deaths inquest, lawyer says
(Thunder Bay) -- The legacy of an inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay, Ont., will be seen in the way the city deals with racism...

6/26/2017

article OBED: Resilience, self-determination are the tools Inuit youth need to fight suicide
(Canada) -- When people die by suicide, they leave a less rich world for all of us who are living in it. When I think of my friends and loved ones who have died, I know...

6/25/2017

article Remote Ontario First Nation in shock after 3rd girl kills herself
(Ontario) -- Grief-stricken members of a remote northern Ontario community were still struggling to cope on Friday after the suicide of yet another 12-year-old girl...
article Inquest into high rate of suicide in Indigenous communities in WA's north
(Australia) -- Ten years after an almost identical inquiry, the State Coroner will examine the suicide of 13 Aboriginal people from the Kimberley region —...

6/23/2017

article Ontario First Nation declares state of emergency over suicide
(Ontario) -- A Canadian aboriginal community has declared a state of emergency following the suicide of three teenage girls. Chief Brennan Sainnawap of the remote...
article Tragic: Native American Community in Canada Declares State of Emergency After Three 12-Year-Old Girls Took Their Own Lives in a Suicide Pact
(Ontario) -- A small native community in Canada is in mourning and has declared a state of emergency after a third 12-year-old girl took her own life as part of a...

6/20/2017

article Indigenous people need resources 24/7 to cut suicide rates, committee recommends
(Canada) -- Canada's Indigenous people need resources round the clock, and culturally appropriate programs and services that are community led and controlled as part...

6/19/2017

article Commons committee issues Indigenous suicide study with 28 recommendations
(Ottawa) -- A House of Commons committee looking at the issue of Indigenous suicide is urging the federal government to make sure Aboriginal communities have resources...
article First Nations child welfare agency responds to concerns after death in Wapekeka First Nation
(Thunder Bay) -- Tikinagan Child and Family Services is responding to concerns after a 12-year-old, who had been in the care of the First Nation child welfare agency,...

6/17/2017

article Native American Mental Health ‘Starts With Us,’ Says Suicide Prevention Advocate
(New York) -- Teressa Baldwin’s uncle committed suicide when she was only 5 years old. While she did not fully grasp the significance of the event, she did know...

6/16/2017

article Two vulnerable kids released from care in midst of suicide crisis in Wapekeka First Nation
(Ontario) -- A child welfare agency in northern Ontario sent two high risk youth home to Wapekeka First Nation last week, against the community's wishes. One died by...

6/14/2017

article 3rd girl involved in suicide pact dies in remote Ontario First Nation
(Thunder Bay) -- A suicide pact in Wapekeka First Nation in northern Ontario has resulted in the death by suicide of a third 12-year-old girl. Jenera Roundsky was...

6/7/2017

article Distraught Innu leader issues plea for troubled youth after son’s death
(Labrador) -- One of Labrador’s most outspoken aboriginal leaders buried his 16-year-old son last week. Simeon Tshakapesh, deputy grand chief of the Innu Nation,...

5/26/2017

article Trudeau Liberals’ failure on human rights ruling played role in First Nation girls’ suicides: Tribunal
(Canada) -- The federal government’s continued failure to implement ordered changes to the way it delivers health care for Indigenous children played a role in the...

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