Native Connections reaches out to the Duck Valley Community
By:Sharlene Green, Clinical Psychologist, PsyD
Nancy Egan, MBA
Native Connections Program
Native Connections scheduled a community meeting! Our program is about prevention of suicide and promoting a better understanding of mental health and substance abuse in our community. We just finished the community assessment and are ready to meet with all of you to discuss a very difficult subject, suicide and mental health. Our community assessment score labeled our community as in denial or only vaguely aware of the need to help those who are feeling like harming themselves. The silence that surrounds the conversation about suicide and mental health is not only dangerous but deadly. Only by having a conversation can we all begin to understand why some of our youth and young adults have chosen death. Only by having a conversation can we better understand why community members may not know when they need help and feel like they can’t reach out to family, friends and professionals in our community. Some community members may feel there are religious or spiritual beliefs that impact our ability to have the conversation, along with historical trauma, honor and respect. But somehow, we need to find a way to overcome the silence.
We would like to invite all of you to join us for dinner and a conversation about our community assessment score on Monday, August 26th at the HDC Gym.
We do have resources to help and we want to make sure you know all about them. But most important, we need your help deciding how to address the issue of suicide in our community. Will you help us by attending this meeting?