News & Announcements
Tribal Members Walk to Shed Light on Suicide
Posted: September 20, 2014
Willeena George carried a poster Friday featuring a picture of her son, Domonique Nappo, as she walked with roughly 200 others in the Yakama Nation’s inaugural suicide awareness walk. Nappo took his life in 2008. He was only 16.
George shared her story of loss and pain at the public event at the Yakama Nation RV park just west of Toppenish. A lunch, balloon release and a suicide prevention workshop were the highlights as people learned to identify and respond to signs of suicide risk.
Other tribes held similar walks across the country in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Week, which is the Monday through Sunday surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10.
Katherine Saluskin, manager of the tribe’s suicide prevention program, was surprised at the turnout. “I think it’s really good that everyone is out here,” Saluskin said. “In our culture, it’s kind of taboo to talk about it.”
Read more on YakimaHerald.com.
Peer Support in Mental Health: Exploitive, Transformative, or Both?
Posted: September 18, 2014
The following is an excerpt from an article written by Larry Davidson, PhD on MadeInAmerica.com:
Read more on MadeInAmerica.com.
“In My Own Words” Video Message Contest for Individuals in Recovery from Addiction or Mental Illness
Posted: September 17, 2014
The Addictiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network Coordinating Office announces the 2014 “In My Own Words…” Video Message Contest. In partnership with Faces & Voices of Recovery and Young People in Recovery, the ATTC contest invites individuals in recovery from addiction and/or mental illnesses to share why they want to speak up and reach out about their recovery. All entries must be received by midnight, Central Standard Time, on October 15, 2014. Video message submissions must be no longer than 60 seconds..
Learn more about the contest.
Crafting an Advocacy Agenda for Black Gay Men in the U.S. South
Posted: September 16, 2014
If black gay men in the U.S. South had an agenda for achieving a life free from stigma and discrimination, what would be on it? What are the issues that must be confronted to make progress toward equality? The webinar We Are Here: Toward an Advocacy Agenda for Black Gay Men in the South, presented by HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, brought together select voices to try to answer these questions and more. Presenters on the webinar pointed out that black gay men in the South -- and around the country -- are burdened with mass incarceration, poverty, unemployment, stigma and discrimination. In order to level the playing ground and make strides toward ending certain policies that contribute to these burdens, the webinar presenters stressed the need to organize and take action on several key issues.
Read more on TheBody.com.
Hispanic Heritage Month is Sep 15-Oct 15
Posted: September 15, 2014
National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 – October 15, 2014, the theme for this year is – “Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success”.
According to the Library of Congress, "National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to American society and culture and to honor five of our Central American neighbors who celebrate their Independence days in September." The Library of Congress provides a full history of presidential proclamations commemorating this time of observation.