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Begaye and Nez Raise Suicide Awareness

Begaye and Nez Raise Suicide Awareness
December 08
08:55 2015

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez want to raise awareness of the problem of suicide on the reservation.

The pair recently signed an executive order for a Building Communities of Hope Initiative. Under the initiative, the third week in December and the second week of June will be designated as Navajo Nation Suicide Prevention weeks.

“It’s our goal to welcome a new dawn by empowering individuals, families and communities to restore hope and self-sufficiency,” Begaye said.

The new initiative will kick off the week of December 14-19 when Begaye and Nez visit nine Navajo communities to encourage people to seek help if they are experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Other departments and agencies will also take part in raising awareness of the issue and detailing resources available.

The subject of suicide is sometimes taboo among traditional Native American cultures, but Nez said a dialogue must take place to help those in need.

“Every life is precious,” said Begaye.

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