Kenaitze Indian Tribe Hosting Suicide Prevention Courses

first_imgThe workshop is free and open to anyone on March 21, and 22, at the Dena’ina Wellness Center in Kenai. Attendance is mandatory both days to receive certification. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Alaska has the highest rate of suicide per capita in the country. The training is an interactive workshop in suicide first aid. Participants will learn how to tell if someone might be having suicidal thoughts, and how to create a plan to support their immediate safety. The tribe, recognizing the issue, launched its Yinihugheltani suicide prevention and awareness program about a year ago. Yinihugheltani – which means “one’s spirit” in the Dena’ina language – supports youth ages 10 to 24 with culturally relevant resources and activities. Alaska Native men between the ages of 15-24 have the highest rate of suicide among any demographic in the country, with an average of 141.6 suicides per 100,000 each year between 2000 and 2009.last_img