Several tribal groups, as part of the National NNEDLearn 2012 Training sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, are coming together to organize the 1st Annual Walk to Raise Awareness about Suicide among Native Americans on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 as part of National Suicide Prevention Week. The theme for this year is Tribal Communities Connecting Together to Prevent Suicide. The tribes represented among the organizers are:
· Bishop Paiute (California)
· Choctaw (Mississippi)
· Creek (Oklahoma) on Monday, September 10, 2012 from 4-6 pm at the Mound Auditorium (HWY 75 and Loop 56) Okmulgee, OK. Contact: 1-888-756-4333 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 1-888-756-4333 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Download walk flyer (pdf).
· Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan)
· Pueblo of Laguna (New Mexico)
· Spokane (Washington)
· White Mountain Apache (Arizona)
We encourage other tribes to hold local walks or other activities on this day or during this week. Our hope is that by all coming together in unity during this time that we will raise awareness in our own local communities and nationally about this important issue. Write to email@example.com for more information on the walks.
We are holding a contest this year to design a logo that all tribes can use for next year’s walk. Let us know what you are doing in your community and submit your entries for the logo contest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Suicide Prevention Week is Sunday - Saturday, September 9 -15, 2012. Download toolkit (pdf).