Journey to Wellness in Indian Country: "Culture is prevention"

Oct 7, 2019

Native kids aged 10 to 24 have the highest rate of suicide of any age group in Minnesota -- more than three times that of white kids. 

But there's a program in the Cities that's giving Native kids all kinds of tools - including traditional ones - to help keep them alive and safe and thriving.

Elders Howard Kimewon and Alphonse Pitawanakwat provided these insights on preventing suicide
Credit Indigenous Peoples Task Force/ojibwe.net

Resources:

How Do We Talk About Suicide on ojibwe.net

Keep the Fire Alive at the Indigenous Peoples Task Force

Keep the Fire Alive on Facebook

Red Lake Nation Counseling and Support Services

Children's Healing Center

Dakota Wicohan

Information about suicide prevention programs for all communities and people of all ages is available here and here.

If you are having trouble coping or thinking about suicide please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. Or text ‘MN’ to 741741