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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

For many generations, suicidal thoughts were unfairly stigmatized, with those suffering them actively discouraged from revealing their struggles. Yet such struggles occur across all ages, genders, and backgrounds, making it vitally important that the issue of suicide awareness be brought into the light.

With this in mind, September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, offering an ideal opportunity to speak out and raise awareness on this vital topic — an awareness that is urgently required, with suicide the tenth leading cause of death among adults in the U.S. — and the second leading cause of death among children and young people aged 10–24. Unfortunately, these rates are increasing, and those who are young, LGBTQ, or BIPOC are especially vulnerable. LGBTQ youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide, while transgender adults, meanwhile, are almost 12 times more likely than the general population to attempt suicide.

As we promote awareness of suicide prevention and mental health treatments, services, options, and other resources, let us use this opportunity to remove the stigma and remind all that such thoughts are highly treatable and preventable. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) offers a useful list of helpful resources for parents and caregivers, children and teens, mental health providers, educators and school staff, policy makers, and more.

Meanwhile, if you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately. If you are in crisis or experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1–800–273 TALK (8255), or if you would prefer text help, you can also text NAMI to 741–741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

Find more resources at https://www.nctsn.org/resources/public-awareness/national-suicide-prevention-awareness-month.


Observing Wounded Knee Day

Also known as Wounded Knee Day of Reflection, Wounded Knee Day honors the memory of the over 200 (some estimate as many as 300) Lakota Sioux men, women, and children who were massacred by the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment near Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

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Celebrating Native American Heritage in November

With over 9 million Native Americans in the United States today, from over 500 different federally recognized tribes, and with 29 of those tribes within the state of Washington. PSESD is proud to have the opportunity to celebrate Native American Heritage Month (also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month) and pay tribute to the diversity, rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans in our districts. 

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