Monday, September 25, 8AM - Tuesday, September 26, 5PM
Native youth and mental health supervisors from your tribe are cordially invited to the 2nd Annual Intertribal Youth Suicide Prevention Summit, where Native youth can discuss the issues surrounding suicide and its long-lasting effects on tribal communities.
Embrace Your Sacredness. Choose Life.
Native youth have the opportunity to bring awareness to, and help one another, in understanding the impacts of suicide upon us all.
Suicide continues to haunt our Native peoples, and it affects our communities more than any other race in the U.S. — the rate of suicide among Native youth is more than double the rate of any other ethnic population.
Among Native peoples, suicide rates peak during adolescence and young adulthood, and decline later in age. This trend is opposite from other racial and ethnic groups. That is why it is essential for our Native youth to come together now and become leaders on this issue for the future.
Youth are standing up to say, “NO MORE! LIFE MATTERS. YOUR LIFE MATTERS.”
Native youth ages 13-24 are invited to the summit, where they will participate in open conversations surrounding the negative impacts of suicide in tribal communities, and ways to fight back against it. Youth will also participate in games and cultural activities with other Native youth.
They will also have the opportunity to hear from and meet Native leaders, experts, and other guests from around the nation, while learning how to support one another and understand the impacts we all face together.
Each group is limited to eight youth, one youth supervisor, and one mental health supervisor. Each group must include a mental health supervisor.
The Swinomish Youth Council is honored to host the summit, to share love and hope through their culture, and to lead trainings that will help Native youth:
- Foster leaders of tomorrow
- Identify tools to make choices
- Find and embrace their sacredness
- Build their futures