While nationally suicide does tend to skew middle-aged and white, according to Huffington Post, among Native Americans, 40 percent of those who walk on from suicide are aged 15 to 24.
“Alcohol and drug abuse and addiction feed into suicide attempts and suicide deaths. All are tied in with self-concept; how we feel about ourselves and the inner pain we try to mitigate by medicating ourselves with legal and illegal substances while most of us cannot even identify the source of the pain. Even if we can identify it we have a very strong belief (maybe even an addiction) that we cannot do anything about,” says Harold Monteau in a column for ICTMN.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention offers suggested activities for World Suicide Prevention Day, along with ways to connect with others.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention gives advice on how to talk to someone you may be worried about in the video below:
To learn about a Native-youth-led effort to combat suicide through education and empowerment, visit WeRNative.org.
To get help for yourself or another person, or to offer help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255), or text START to 741741 to chat via text.
September 10, 2016 is World Suicide Prevention Day, visit WeRNative.org to learn how to empower yourself and others to prevent suicide.