Lakota mental health, suicide prevention examined at USD

Lakota mental health, suicide prevention examined at USD The South Dakota Suicide Awareness Partnership at The University of South Dakota is sponsoring a two-day learning experience in Lakota culture and perspectives related to mental health issues, Sept. 11-12, at the Al Neuharth Media Center. â�?�?Lakota Perspectives in Mental Health & Suicide Preventionâ�? is a 15-hour training seminar exploring historical issues that have affected Lakota families for generations, including Lakota cultural interventions used in suicide prevention, and how Lakota life ways are critical to ensuring healthy development of youth and families. Lyle J. Noisy Hawk, Jr., along with staff from USD and Wakanyeja Pawicayapi (The Children First) Inc., will provide the two-day workshop, which is part of National Suicide Prevention Week activities at USD. The workshop, which is free, begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. both days. Lunch will be provided to all participants. Because seating is limited, preregistration is required. To register or for more information about the workshop, which is being offered through the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the HELP!Line Center and the USD Student Counseling Center, please contact Kristin Bruns at (605) 677-5777 or kbruns@usd.edu. National Suicide Prevention Week at USD begins with the Nikkiâ�?�?s Fund 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Awareness at 9 a.m. on Sept. 6 at Prentis Park in Vermillion. Nikkiâ�?�?s Fund was founded in memory of Nicole Vallie Harris, who suicided June 15, 2005. Nikki is the daughter of Janine Harris, manager of the Al Neuharth Media Center. Registration forms for the Nikkiâ�?�?s Fund 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Awareness are available at the USD Student Counseling Center, which is located in room 336 inside Julian Hall; the Temporary Student Center on USDâ�?�?s campus; or participants can complete a registration form the day of the event at Prentis Park beginning at 8 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place finishers in the male and female categories of 15 and under, 16 to 25 years old, 26 to 54 years old, and 55 and over. T-shirts and refreshments are also provided. All proceeds from the event, including donations and a $10 registration fee per participant, will be donated to Nikkiâ�?�?s Fund.

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