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Yurok Tribe sees successes in suicide prevention following crisis

Nearly a year has passed since several Yurok tribal departments moved from their Weitchpec office to make room for a mobilization of social services to address the tribe’s suicide crisis.

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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...

5/24/2017

article Mayor, chief call for united action to protect Indigenous kids in Thunder Bay, Ont.
(Thunder Bay) -- Thunder Bay needs more help to keep Indigenous kids safe in the northern Ontario city, says a provincial First Nations leader — and Thunder Bay...
article Child advocate tells government to listen to at-risk children after heart-rending teen suicide
(Alberta) -- Alberta's child and youth advocate is making an impassioned plea to the government's child-intervention system to do a better job of listening to...

5/20/2017

article First Nations leaders question safety of youth in Thunder Bay
(Ottawa) -- The drownings of two more Indigenous teenagers in Thunder Bay has First Nations leaders raising new questions about whether their young people are safe on...

5/18/2017

article Cree Health Board calls for careful viewing of popular drama 13 Reasons Why
(Quebec) -- Health officials in the James Bay region of Quebec have added their voices to the criticism of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The show is a fictional...

5/13/2017

article Why are little kids killing themselves? Suicides blamed on bullying, social media, more
(Pennsylvania) -- Some of the victims are in elementary school. An increasing number are young girls. All have chosen to end their lives as a youth suicide epidemic,...

5/5/2017

article Prescott group home owner: Amy Owen didn’t die in our care
(Ontario) -- The owner of a group home in Prescott, Ont. where a First Nations girl was said to have died by suicide while in their care last month says the 13-year-old...

4/26/2017

article 'Suicide is not the answer': Nunavut teen's original song addresses territory's crisis
(Nunavut) -- It's the first song he ever produced. But instead of writing about young love or teen angst, Gordon Kaniak is delivering a positive message around...
article What life is like in this Canadian town known for its suicide epidemic
(Ontario) -- The name of the tiny town of indigenous Canadians, Attawapiskat, translates to “people of the parting rocks.” But in recent years, the name has...

4/20/2017

article Yurok Tribe sees successes in suicide prevention following crisis
(California) -- Nearly a year has passed since several Yurok tribal departments moved from their Weitchpec office to make room for a mobilization of social services to...

4/15/2017

article Gathering of Native Americans coming to Fort Belknap
(Montana) -- The Fort Belknap Indian Reservation’s Chemical Dependency Center will host a Gathering of Native Americans, or GONA, a three-day event geared toward...
article Indigenous suicide prevention in the Digital Age
(Australia) -- Aboriginal Australians are dying. Needlessly. We are losing three Aboriginal people a week to suicide, from a population that is just over half a million...

4/13/2017

article Suicide conversation opens doors to understanding and healing
(Montana) -- After recent suicides tragically hit the community hearts in the last several months the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Health Department hosted a...

4/8/2017

article Native Youth Takes Own Life after “Girlfriend” Fakes Her Death on Social Media
(Michigan) -- A story that has garnered national headlines is a tragic one for an American Indian family in Michigan. Tysen Benz, an 11-year-old boy, added one more...

4/7/2017

article 'There's always a little light': Indigenous youth find hope in the face of suicide
(Manitoba) -- Every morning before 8 a.m., before 500 high school students arrive at Mikisew High School in Cross Lake, principal Anna McKay prays quietly alone in her...

4/6/2017

article I want to die so bad': Indigenous youth from Cross Lake, Man., document hope and despair
(Manitoba) -- Last winter, the remote northern Indigenous community of Cross Lake was hit by tragedy. Five young people killed themselves. In the weeks that followed,...

3/28/2017

article One bill to prevent suicide tabled; leaders promise alternative solution
(Montana) -- One of several bills to combat youth suicides was killed Tuesday, but legislative leaders from both parties promised to work on a more comprehensive...

3/25/2017

article First Nations say suicide crisis requires same response as natural disasters
(Ontario) -- A rash of suicides; a car crash that claims multiple members of the same family; the arrival of a new, highly addictive drug — First Nations in...

3/24/2017

article Undertaker buries his son as Aboriginal suicides continue in remote WA town
(Australia) -- The West Australian mining town of Leonora is a community in a constant state of mourning. In the past 18 months alone, six young Aboriginal people have...

3/13/2017

article Teen suicide on the rise amongst Canadian girls
(Canada) -- Suicide amongst young women is on the rise. When it comes to mental health, is gender the elephant in the room? In early 2016, five teenagers from Woodstock...

3/8/2017

article Pipelines, Politics, and Suicide
(North Dakota) -- Of all the depressing statistics that one could report about Native Americans—the highest rate of poverty of any racial group, the highest rates...

3/7/2017

article New tattoo symbolizes hope for people who are thinking of suicide
(Saskatchewan) -- After learning about a youth suicide epidemic in Northern Saskatchewan in recent months, one survivor is urging youth and community members to talk as...

3/5/2017

article The lost ones: Inside Brazil’s Indigenous suicide crisis
(Brazil) -- Brazil’s Indigenous people are taking their own lives at a rate 22 times that of their fellow citizens – and it is almost entirely adolescents...

2/18/2017

article Northern Ontario youth spread message of ‘Choose Life’ after suicide grips community
(Ontario) -- The tragic loss of Alyssa Nanokeesic, 11, devastated Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug in northern Ontario last week.

2/17/2017

article Northern Ontario youth spread message of ‘Choose Life’ after suicide grips community
(Ontario) -- The tragic loss of Alyssa Nanokeesic, 11, devastated Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug in northern Ontario last week. The community is working together as they...

2/16/2017

article Ontario First Nation 'reeling' after suicide of 11-year-old girl
(Ontario) -- The chief of a northern Ontario First Nation devastated by the suicide of an 11-year-old girl says Canada's healthcare system is designed "to...

2/12/2017

article Indigenous youth suicide a national issue, Alberta's child advocate says
(Alberta) -- Alberta must address the outstanding problem of young people dying from suicide especially in Indigenous communities, the province's child and youth...

2/9/2017

article Manitoba chief loses cousin to suicide while in Ottawa to discuss crisis
(Ottawa) -- A chief representing 30 Manitoba First Nations lost her own cousin to suicide Monday, a startling coincidence given she is in Ottawa this week to meet with...
article MKO Grand Chief calls on Ottawa to take action against suicide crisis on Manitoba First Nations
(Manitoba) -- A group representing 30 Manitoba First Nations is calling on the federal government to take action against high rates of suicide in Indigenous communities...
article Policy, governance issues getting in the way of suicide solutions witnesses tell parliamentary committee
(Ottawa) -- Sheila North Wilson wrapped up her formal presentation to the standing committee on Indigenous Affairs, put down her papers and told the MP’s that she...

2/5/2017

article Sexual abuse a root cause of indigenous suicide crisis: Aglukark
(Ottawa) -- Some nights, Susan Aglukark still wakes up drenched in sweat. It's been 42 years since the acclaimed Inuk singer endured sexual abuse, including being...

2/4/2017

article Canada's Indigenous Suicide Rate Linked to Apartheid System
(Ontario) -- A string of suicides in a small, First Nations community in northern Quebec is the result of the "apartheid system" governing Indigenous peoples...

2/3/2017

article 'Don't keep it all inside,' says First Nation youth at Saskatoon suicide prevention conference
(Saskatchewan) -- Seventeen-year-old Chasity Thomas says her First Nation of Pelican Lake, Sask., is not immune to the suicides plaguing northern and Indigenous...
article Chief calls for action after 30 recent suicide attempts in Black Lake
(Saskatchewan) -- Another First Nations chief is calling for swift action as the suicide crisis in northern Saskatchewan continues. Black Lake Chief Coreen Sayazie says...

1/30/2017

article Montana Lawmakers Work On Suicide Prevention Legislation
(Montana) -- During his State of the State address Tuesday, Gov. Steve Bullock said that he "cannot tolerate that Montana leads the nation in youth suicide."...

1/29/2017

article There is a child suicide epidemic in Canada — why is it being ignored?
(Ontario) -- On Saturday at the Women’s March in Toronto, the mood was jubilant. There were dozens of causes and concerns represented — reproductive choice,...

1/27/2017

article Charity not the answer to First Nations suicide crisis, anti-poverty expert says
(Ontario) -- A private donor deserves credit for the generous gift that will fund a suicide prevention program in a northern Ontario First Nation, but the fact it was...

1/25/2017

article Anonymous donor pledges $380K for suicide prevention plan in Wapekeka First Nation after 2 girls die
(Thunder Bay) -- An anonymous donor is pledging $380,000 for a plan to prevent more young people from dying by suicide on Wapekeka First Nation in northern Ontario,...

1/22/2017

article Indigenous Suicide: Struggling Communities Will receive $10 Million Funding
(Australia) -- In order to prevent Indigenous suicides the Government begins to roll it out across Australia by giving a community based support service. Indigenous...

1/20/2017

article Feds ignored warnings of suicide threat before girls' deaths: First Nation
(Ontario) -- A remote northern Ontario First Nation where two young girls ended their lives last week warned the federal government in July about a developing “...
article Native Americans are hopeful new plan can reduce suicides
(Montana) -- Native Americans from across Montana told painful stories at a legislative hearing Friday about friends and relatives who have taken their own lives, but...
article Ontario chief suggests class action lawsuit to stop Indigenous youth suicides
(Thunder Bay) -- It's time for First Nations leaders to consider a class action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of Indigenous young people who have...

1/19/2017

article Health Canada ignored warning of suicide pact from First Nation now grieving deaths of two girls
(Ontario) -- A northern Ontario First Nation still suffering through the suicides of two young girls earlier this month says it alerted Health Canada to an uncovered...

1/16/2017

article 'Apartheid system' of reserves to blame for Innu suicides: Quebec coroner
(Montreal) -- Canada's "apartheid system" of reserves shares some of the blame for a string of suicides that devastated an Innu community on Quebec's...

1/15/2017

article Man jumps to his death at South Point in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- The South Point was closed for several hours Sunday morning after a man jumped to his death from the parking garage. Las Vegas police responded to the...
article Report on Innu suicides hopes to shed light on causes
(Quebec) -- An upcoming coroner's report into the suicides of five members of the Innu community of Uashat-Maliotenam on Quebec's North Shore could have...
article Five suicides in Quebec indigenous communities were avoidable: coroner's report
(Quebec) -- Five suicides that occurred in two indigenous communities in 2015 were avoidable, a Quebec coroner said Saturday in a report that compared Canada's...

1/14/2017

article Kenai Peninsula Tribes Receive Funding To Address Suicide, Substance Abuse
(Alaska) -- Suicide rates in Native communities often far exceed those of other demographics – especially among youth. The suicide rate for American Indian and...
article Quebec Coroner compares First Nation reserve system to apartheid in report on suicides
(Quebec) -- A Quebec coroner’s report on five suicides in two Innu communities in the province said a system similar to apartheid is at the root of the problems...

1/11/2017

article Two girls take their lives in northern Ontario community, four others flown out
(Ontario) -- The grand chief of 49 northern First Nations is calling for a national suicide strategy after the loss of two 12-year-old girls since Sunday. The small...
article Two youth suicides in Wapekeka prompt Grand Chief to call for emergency response
(Thunder Bay) -- Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler is calling for a coordinated emergency response by federal and provincial health care and mental health...

1/10/2017

article Montana groups back pair of suicide prevention bills before House committee
(Montana) -- Two bills appropriating a total of $1 million to help prevent suicides in Montana drew widespread support at hearings Tuesday, with no one opposing them.

12/31/2016

article Dad says quit gambling for New Year after son's suicide over debts
(UK) -- A dad whose son hanged himself over his gambling debts has urged people who bet large amounts of money to give it up in the New Year.

12/22/2016

article Community at a crossroads: Fort Good Hope, N.W.T. heals together
(North Dakota) -- Aglow in the light from a Christmas tree, Kenny Shae Sr. is grappling with losing his 29-year-old son, Gregory. "I'm trying to wrap my head...

12/14/2016

article $1.4M to tribes for suicide prevention
(Arizona) -- The Indian Health Service announced an additional funding opportunity for the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative — Generation...

12/6/2016

article Young woman from northern Sask. compelled to act after cousin took her own life
(Saskatoon) -- Shaylynn McAuley remembers a conversation that took place at the wake for her cousin, who was one of six young girls to take their own lives in northern...

12/5/2016

article Psychologist says northern Sask. suicides a result of colonization, not mental illness
(Saskatchewan) -- An expert who has worked in First Nations communities for years says a string of suicides in northern Saskatchewan won't be solved by outside...

12/2/2016

article 'It scares the crap out of me,' school counsellor worried not enough support for northern teen suicides
(Saskatoon) -- Barry Chalifoux says the province and Ottawa are not doing enough to help with the wave of teen suicides in northern Saskatchewan. Chalifoux is the...

11/29/2016

article Yurok Students Receive Mental Health Training as Tribe Works to Prevent More Youth Suicides
(California) -- Deep in the most remote reaches of the Yurok Reservation, half an hour past the nearest convenience store, near the dead end of State Route 169, a gravel...

11/28/2016

article Suicide Rates Plummet Among Members of Apache Tribe
(Arizona) -- Deaths by suicide among an Apache tribe in Arizona dropped by nearly 40 percent between 2006 and 2012 compared to the previous six-year period. The...

11/26/2016

article Community Prevention Plan Slashes Apache Tribe’s Suicide Rate
(Arizona) -- Suicide deaths among the White Mountain Apache tribe in Arizona dropped by nearly 40 percent between 2006 and 2012 compared to the previous six-year period...

11/25/2016

article Suicides in Labrador West: Grieving mother says her son faced inhumane treatment
(Labrador) -- The mother of a Labrador man who took his life recently is blaming what she calls inhumane and racist treatment from his co-workers at the iron ore mine in...

11/23/2016

article Suicide rates drop among members of White Mountain Apache tribe
(Arizona) -- Deaths by suicide among the White Mountain Apache in Arizona dropped by nearly 40 percent between 2006 and 2012 compared to the previous six-year period,...

11/19/2016

article Actors Duane Howard, Michelle Thrush to visit Attawapiskat youth
(Ontario) -- Two Canadian actors are travelling to Attawapiskat, Ont., next month to inspire youth and deliver gift-filled shoe boxes. Duane Howard, who played Elk Dog...
article Indigenous musicians raise awareness about high suicide rates
(British Columbia) -- A group of some of the biggest names in Canadian Indigenous music got together in Vancouver. They held a benefit to raise awareness about the high...
article Roseanne Supernault: Facing Suicide Head On
(Ontario) -- Unless you’ve both watched my performance “Blackstone” and attended my youth workshops where I talk about suicide and mental health issues...

11/18/2016

article Committee recommends $1M for suicide prevention
(Montana) -- A legislative committee Thursday agreed to offer bills during its 2017 session for a combined $1 million for two suicide programs, but balked at a third...

11/13/2016

article Plan to reduce Indigenous suicides finally acknowledges lack of evidence and need for hope
(Australia) -- Last week the government released the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project report, which gave recommendations to...

11/9/2016

article 'Quit ignoring the north': La Ronge families speak out during premier's visit
(Saskatchewan) -- Dave Larsen says he's relieved his daughter lived to raise her own children. Over the past several weeks, six girls between the ages of 10 and 14...
article Sask. Premier Brad Wall visits northern communities to address youth suicide crisis
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall will travel to La Ronge, Sask., on Wednesday to address an alarming number of youth suicides that have left the...
article Issues in northern Sask. communities are layered, complex, says psychiatrist
(Saskatchewan) -- Northern communities need more than "parachuted" supports in the wake of a crisis, according to a consulting psychiatrist who visits La Ronge...

11/8/2016

article 'Our kids are crying out for help,' says Sask. chief
(Saskatoon) -- First Nations youth will gather in Prince Albert to find solutions to the recent wave of suicides plaguing northern Saskatchewan. At the Dec. 5 and 6...

11/5/2016

article Children's Advocate Corey O'Soup investigating suicides in northern Saskatchewan
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan's new Advocate for Children and Youth just started his new job on Tuesday, but Corey O'Soup is already hard at work. O'Soup...

11/4/2016

article Vigil, card campaign rally behind northern Saskatchewan kids
(Saskatchewan) -- A vigil more than 250 people strong and a card-writing campaign are among the ways Saskatchewan residents are rallying behind northern communities that...

11/2/2016

article 'Discrimination and prejudice' leads to suicides in Ontario's remote north, chief says
(Ontario) -- A parliamentary motion today calling on the government to immediately invest $155 million in Indigenous child welfare comes too late for 16 young people who...
article Northern Sask. suicides top priority for new children's advocate
(Saskatchewan) -- Tackling what is being called a suicide crisis in northern Saskatchewan is the top priority of the province's new advocate for children and youth.
article First Nations woman died by suicide in back of police car, inquest hears
(Ontario) -- Cries of anguish filled the cavernous provincial building in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Tuesday morning as Mary Ann Shewaybick prepared to testify at the inquest...

10/28/2016

article 'We are the solution': Suicide, trauma not insurmountable on Fort Peck reservation
(Montana) -- Courage Crawford shared the story of his grandfather's life with several hundred people on Thursday to illustrate the hardships and resilience of life...
article Counsellor says more funding needed at Sask. First Nation after teen's suicide
(Saskatchewan) -- A school counsellor who works with at-risk youth in northern Saskatchewan says his community needs more funding for suicide prevention after a 13-year-...
article Hope, help and healing: National suicide prevention conference begins in Iqaluit
(North Canada) -- Imagine living in Ottawa and being forced to go to Mexico City for treatment, where the doctor speaks another language and doesn't understand your...

10/25/2016

article Amid suicide crisis, Nunavut MLA wants more traditional Inuit counselling
(Nunavut) -- The day after finding out a grandson had died by suicide, Isaac Shooyook, the MLA for Quttiktuq, rose in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly to call for the...

10/23/2016

article 'We Matter' videos speak to aboriginal youth in crisis
(British Columbia) -- Kelvin Redvers’s work to create a forum for speaking out about suicide among aboriginal youth started last summer when he visited the hamlet...

10/22/2016

article Deschambault Lake girl’s suicide latest in disturbing northern trend
(Canada) -- A tragic trend has reached Deschambault Lake with the suicide of a 10-year-old girl. The suicide, made public on Tuesday, marked the fourth reported suicide...

10/20/2016

article 'People should know': Sisters open up about 13-year-old brother's suicide in Fort Albany
(Ontario) -- Ashley Tomagatick and Lauren Rheault have many memories of laughing and dancing with their 13-year-old half-brother Garrett Tomagatick in the small northern...
article Parents questioning mental health services after rash of suicides in Saskatchewan
(Saskatchewan) -- There’s been another suicide in Northern Saskatchewan. Four young people now have taken their lives in the last two weeks.

10/18/2016

article 'This is a crisis': 4th girl takes own life in northern Saskatchewan
(Saskatchewan) -- CBC News has learned another girl in northern Saskatchewan has taken her own life. Prince Albert Grand Council Grand Chief Ron Michel told the crowd at...

10/17/2016

article Bigger conversation about Indigenous suicides needs to happen: Recollet
(Sudbury) -- Data released by Statistics Canada states Indigenous young adults are more likely to have suicidal thoughts compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts....

10/16/2016

article People come together following loss of 3 girls in northern Sask.
(Canada) -- People are stepping up in northern Saskatchewan to make sure their community, the youth in particular, know they care after three young girls took their own...

10/15/2016

article Obama signs new law for Native American children
(Washington D.C.) -- President Obama signed new legislation on Friday, Oct. 14, that aims to improve the lives of Native American children, the first bill Sen. Heidi...
article Northern Sask. communities in shock after 3 girls take own lives
(Saskatchewan) -- The northern Saskatchewan communities of La Ronge and Stanley Mission are in shock after three young girls took their own lives within four days. The...
article Spirit Lake Nation battles youth suicide
(North Dakota) -- In 2008, Spirit Lake Nation tribe member Cora Whiteman lost her teenaged daughter, Jami, 14, to suicide. As the Whitemans went through the traditional...

10/14/2016

article Strong Hearts Helpline for Native survivors set for 2017 launch
(Washington D.C.) -- The Strong Hearts Native Helpline, the first crisis line for Native survivors of domestic and sexual violence, is set to launch on January 4, 2017.

9/28/2016

article Pikangikum First Nation suffering from 3 youth suicides
(Ontario) -- A 13 year-old girl, along with a young man and woman, both 18, recently committed suicide in the northern Ontario First Nation of Pikangikum, according to a...

9/26/2016

article 'Don't give up': Inuit youth hopeful about federal study on suicide
(North Canada) -- When Nina Ford began testifying on "the grueling effects of suicide" in Indigenous communities, she said it was impossible to explain to...

9/25/2016

article Fairbanks Native associations march for suicide prevention
(Alaska) -- Alaska has one of the highest suicide rates in the country, and Alaska Natives suffer disproportionately in this grim epidemic. In 2014, the amount of Alaska...

9/17/2016

article Suicide Prevention Gathering Promotes Healing Among Native Youth And Communities
(Arizona) -- More than 40 Native youth and adults gathered last Saturday at the UNITY headquarters in Mesa, Arizona for a special evening that coincided with World...

9/14/2016

article Gazette opinion: What Montana must learn about depression
(Montana) -- We screen students for vision, hearing and spinal problems. Why not for depression? The Montana Suicide Mortality Review Team, composed of Montana health...

9/11/2016

article 'It was a definite statement ... that gambling can kill'
(New Zealand) -- The gruesome suicide of Peter Williams was a shocking reminder of the human cost of gambling - but experts say casinos do little to help the addicts who...

9/10/2016

article Today Is World Suicide Prevention Day: Remember Native Youth
(USA) -- Not only is September 10, 2016 is World Suicide Prevention Day, the week of September 5-11 is National Suicide Prevention Week. While nationally suicide does...
article Youth from Opaskwayak Cree Nation shine light on suicide epidemic in new documentary
(Manitoba) -- A new documentary created by youth from Opaskwayak Cree Nation is shining a light on the suicide epidemic in their home community.

9/8/2016

article BC’s mental health services failed First Nation youth who committed suicide: report
(British Columbia) -- A 16-year-old Indigenous youth who committed suicide in a forest was failed by British Columbia’s mental health services, says a new report...

9/7/2016

article Canada's 'public health crisis' of suicides needs funded prevention plan: CMAJ editorial
(Canada) -- Canada needs a national suicide prevention strategy with concerted federal funds, medical journal editors say. In 21 developed countries with government-led...

9/5/2016

article Lawmakers question Indian youth suicide prevention plan
(Montana) -- A group of state lawmakers continues to question whether having a contractor – without the input of tribal elders – form a strategic plan to...

9/2/2016

article Lawmakers question Indian youth suicide prevention plan
(Montana) -- A group of state lawmakers is still asking if having a contractor form a strategic plan to address the high rate of suicides among Montana’s American...

8/31/2016

article Panel reviews suicide strategic plan for American Indian youths
(Montana) -- The director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services on Wednesday discussed a plan on halting suicide among American Indian youths,...

8/15/2016

article In Canada's aboriginal suicide crisis, lesson on protective power of culture
(Canada) -- In her Twitter profile, Reina Foster glows in the foreground of a sunset, which illuminates the feather in her hair and the three beaded flower patterns...

7/28/2016

article Inuit-led suicide prevention strategy to focus on mental wellness, social equity
(Canada) -- A new strategy to prevent suicide among Canada's 60,000 Inuit was unveiled by Natan Obed, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, in partnership with...

7/4/2016

article Indigenous parliamentarians brought unique perspective to assisted dying debate
(Canada) -- Despite the clamour from doctors, lawyers, religious groups and advocates for the disabled, the softer voices of Indigenous parliamentarians were...

6/27/2016

article Native teens living among suicide epidemic finding Hope
(Minnesota) -- Tragically, quietly, in the corners and unseen spaces of our nation, there is a suicide epidemic sweeping through Native American communities and...
article Pine Ridge Suicides Highlight Stresses on Native American Youth
(South Dakota) -- On May 29, family, friends and community members gathered at the Wounded Knee District School in Manderson, South Dakota, to unveil a headstone for...

6/9/2016

article Talking about suicide without proper supports can be dangerous, experts say
(Ontario) -- As people scramble to cope with a spate of suicides and suicide attempts in Woodstock, Ont., experts warn that simply opening up discussion is not an...
article Work with Inuit on suicide; don't prescribe solutions, ITK urges feds
(Ontario) -- Natan Obed, who represents Inuit from across Canada, says the quick and easy solutions offered by many Canadians just aren't enough to tackle to root...

6/8/2016

article The power of words: Can Indigenous languages reduce youth suicide rates?
(Canada) -- Last week, Justin Trudeau became the first sitting Prime Minister to be interviewed by an Aboriginal media network. It was a townhall hosted by APTN National...

6/2/2016

article Lakota Native American hopes to work with Māori youth
(New Zealand) -- William "Hawk" Birdshead, founder of the "Native American Suicide Prevention Organisation" hopes to work with youth in Māori...

5/29/2016

article 'We're taking this very seriously': Nunavik leaders on suicide crisis
(Montreal) -- In Quebec's Inuit territory of Nunavik, leaders have rejected calls to declare a state of emergency over a recent spate of self-inflicted deaths. In...
article Indigenous suicide prevention top priority following Liberal convention
(Winnipeg) -- Liberal delegates at the party's national convention in Winnipeg voted unanimously on Saturday to make the youth suicide crisis in Indigenous...

5/28/2016

article Indigenous suicide prevention top priority following Liberal convention
(Canada) -- Liberal delegates at the party's national convention in Winnipeg voted unanimously on Saturday to make the youth suicide crisis in Indigenous communities...

5/24/2016

article Inuk artist pleads for 'state of emergency' to deal with suicides
(Quebec) -- Beatrice Deer knows what it's like to feel depressed. She knows the pain of trauma. It's part of the reason she moved to Montreal almost nine years...

5/23/2016

article Chief Reports Six More Suicide Attempts in Devastated Canadian Attawapiskat Tribe
(Ontario) -- At least six more members have tried to take their lives in the past few days in a Canadian aboriginal community of 2,000 that has declared a state of...

5/21/2016

article Labrador Inuit suicide rate 20 times non-Indigenous Newfoundland rate: study
(Newfoundland) -- Labrador suicide rates were 20 times higher for Inuit people and 14 times higher for Innu people compared to non-Indigenous rates in Newfoundland, says...

5/20/2016

article No need for state of emergency over northern suicides, Quebec says
(Quebec) -- Quebec's health ministry has issued a statement saying the suicide crisis in Nunavik does not fit the criteria to declare a state of emergency because...

5/19/2016

article Inuk artist pleads for 'state of emergency' to deal with suicides
(Montreal) -- Beatrice Deer knows what it's like to feel depressed. She knows the pain of trauma. It's part of the reason she moved to Montreal almost nine years...
article Labrador Inuit suicide rate 20 times non-Indigenous Newfoundland rate: study
(Canada) -- Labrador suicide rates were 20 times higher for Inuit people and 14 times higher for Innu people compared to non-Indigenous rates in Newfoundland, says a new...
article Lake St. Martin evacuee blames Winnipeg for suicides, addictions, depression
(Manitoba) -- Lillian Catcheway just wants to go home, but the life she knew in Lake St. Martin First Nation no longer exists. It was washed away by the flood of 2011...

5/17/2016

article Grassy Narrows First Nation set to declare state of emergency over suicides
(Ontario) -- Grassy Narrows First Nation is set to declare a state of emergency. The community in Ontario is on edge after a suicide attempt on the weekend.

5/16/2016

article How a troubled Nunavut teen escaped police custody and took his own life
(North Canada) -- After complaining for hours about a problem with the heat in his RCMP cell, Tommy Anguilianuk — a troubled young man with a history of suicidal...

5/15/2016

article Grant to help reservation schools respond to youth suicides
(South Dakota) -- A U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Students grant of $107,631 will be used to hire additional counselors at Crazy Horse School...
article 'What's Left: Lives Touched by Suicide' features more than 40 Minnesota artists
(Minnesota) -- Suicide is often hard to talk about. But an art exhibit now on display at Red Lake Nation College is working to change that. "If you have a broken...

5/13/2016

article Pine Ridge gets third grant for suicide recovery efforts
(South Dakota) -- Crazy Horse School will become the third school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to receive federal funds to respond to a high number of student...

5/12/2016

article Oglala Brothers Creating Positive Change in Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- Nate and Darrell Brown Bull made it out of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a place that regularly sits in the national spotlight for its poverty and...

5/7/2016

article Iqaluit suicide prevention summit compiles communities' best practices
(Nunavut) -- The recurring theme at the United For Life stakeholder summit for suicide prevention this week in Iqaluit was to focus on what's working in Nunavut...

5/6/2016

article Iqaluit suicide prevention summit compiles communities' best practices
(North Canada) -- The recurring theme at the United For Life stakeholder summit for suicide prevention this week in Iqaluit was to focus on what's working in Nunavut...

5/5/2016

article Survivors, leaders gather for suicide prevention summit in Iqaluit
(North Canada) -- "If I was king of the world, I would stop suicide." Joanasie Akumalik lost his son, Clyde, to suicide in 2013. Now he's one of the...

5/4/2016

article Survivors, leaders gather for suicide prevention summit in Iqaluit
(Canada) -- "If I was king of the world, I would stop suicide." Joanasie Akumalik lost his son, Clyde, to suicide in 2013. Now he's one of the organizers...

5/2/2016

article Renowned Inuit artist depicts Pangnirtung teen who took his own life
(North Canada) -- Students at Attagoyuk High School in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, have collaborated with renowned Inuit artist Elisapee Ishulutaq on a mural about a teenage...

5/1/2016

article Justice minister says government will get rid of the Indian Act ‘one community at a time’
(Canada) -- Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she will work “one community at a time” to develop a “reconciliation framework.” That...
article Native Suicides: Intergenerational Trauma Erupts
(Canada) -- Douglas Quan, a reporter for the National Post in Toronto, recently described Aboriginal communities as being in "A state of perpetual mourning"...

4/28/2016

article BLOG: Racism At Core Of Native Teen Suicides In Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- At least 11 children between the ages of 12 and 17 have committed suicide in my county since December. The heartbreaking details vary from child to...

4/25/2016

article Alberta releases report into suicide deaths of 7 Indigenous youth
(Alberta) -- Victoria grew up in a home where she was abused and neglected, just as her mother had been. While still a child, Victoria was assaulted by the aunt who...
article Alberta report details 'heartbreaking' life stories of 7 Indigenous youths who committed suicide
(Alberta) -- In a report released Monday, Alberta's Child and Youth Advocate chronicled the short, troubled lives of seven Indigenous youth who committed suicide in...
article Suicides Continue to Plague Indian Country
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez have made teen suicide prevention a major issue during their administration, but a...
article First Nations Métis artist who once thought of ending his life 'hopeful' of action on Indigenous suicides
(Edmonton) -- Aaron Paquette was only 19 when he walked out on the High Level Bridge and thought about jumping. "I felt disconnected and I felt hopeless, and I didn...

4/23/2016

article Traditional First Nations culture may help reduce teen suicides
(British Columbia) -- Suicide is something that has had an impact on nearly every member of the Seabird Island Band in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley. When...
article Vancouver #OccupyINAC group vows to stay until demands met
(British Columbia) -- A group of women and children have been occupying the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office in Vancouver since Monday, April 18.
article A look at what’s happening with the Occupy INAC protests
(Ontario) -- About a week ago, Indigenous activists started occupying Indigenous Affairs offices in Toronto. They did it to bring awareness to the suicide crisis in...

4/22/2016

article Native American And White Women See Massive Increase In Suicide Rate, Government Study Says
(New York) -- Suicide rates in the U.S. have increased by 24% since 1999, with white and Native American women seeing the biggest increase, a new study from the U.S....

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