Youth Honoring Native Life Release Suicide Prevention
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New Mexico: Youth involved in the
University of New
Mexico's Honoring Native Life initiative want to be heard.
The students have released a new video directed toward tribal
leaders and policy makers. It's available through
The Native American Suicide Prevention Clearinghouse, a
suicide prevention and suicide response resource for the
“What we need from our tribal leaders and policy makers
is more sympathy towards the different generations that
exist in our communities – the elders, parents, adults,
youth, adolescents,” says a participant in the video.
"Something that will bring those groups together but also
recognize their differences."
The video directs attention to the needs of
Native American youth and the need for more involvement by
authorities and leaders.
The video was created at the recent Honoring Native Life
Summit. The Summit included the
Pueblos of San Felipe and Zuni; Navajo Nation; Mescalero
Apache Nation; White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona;
Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service; New Mexico Indian
Affairs Department; and several other tribal communities
throughout New Mexico.
"The message that we are hearing
from tribal youth is that they want a voice, and in that
respect, they want to feel like a priority to leaders and
said Sheri Lesansee from the Pueblo of Zuni.
In the United States, more than 30,000 people
each year. It is this country's
11th leading cause of
death. New Mexico ranks among the top
states for suicide rates --
times the national average. Suicide is the
leading cause of death for New Mexicans.
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