Life is a beautiful gift from our Creator, but that is not enough to keep us from taking our beautiful lives.  Our Native American National Suicide Statistics are staggering according to Center for Disease Control cdc/suicide/statistics. Even as a proud people, we have forgotten the value of our precious lives.

Prevention: If someone you know has threatened suicide, talked about wanting to die, appears depressed, sad or withdrawn, or shows changes in behavior, appearance or mood--- You can help!

To help: Remember to stay calm and listen - Take all threats of suicide seriously.  Don
't swear secrecy - Contact a local health professional, counselor, healer or clergy member, the suicide lifeline, or a trusted adult.  See IHS suicide prevention and Choosing life, native-american-youth-face-higher-suicide.

Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. Rationalizations for such behavior sometimes include differences of social class, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, behavior, body language, personality, reputation, lineage, strength, size or ability.  As Native Americans this is not our way of life or traditions.  We are taught unity, community and to care for all things around us, especially our children and elders.

Prevention: Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy. Find out what you can do at StopBullying