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Titla joins panelists to discuss suicide

Tackling the suicide epidemic among military veterans is the focus of a task force called the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS). The task force, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Nick Lowery Youth Foundation, recently hosted a Town Hall in Scottsdale, Arizona featuring a panel of community leaders including UNITY’s Executive Director Mary Kim Titla, San Carlos Apache.

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International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day – November 23rd

As the holidays approach, International Survivors of Suicide Day reminds us that this time of year can take a toll on survivors around the world. Survivors of suicide are those who lost a friend, family member, or community member to suicide. If you have lost someone to suicide, you are not alone. We Are Connected, together we can heal and support.

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Veterans Day: You Protected Us. Let Us Walk with You

On November 11th, we honored our AI/AN Veterans, as well as acknowledging active-duty members. Even though Veterans Day has passed, we encourage you to reach out to AI/AN Veterans in your life and check on them. A simple thank you can go a long way. Read More

UNITY Alumna featured at Suicide Prevention Conference

Lauren Shelly Pina, San Carlos Apache, former UNITY 25 Under 25 honoree, shared inspiring words last month during Suicide Prevention Month at the Life is Precious Conference in San Carlos, Arizona. Pina spoke about her journey to Penn State University, where she’s a student. “I knew I wanted to be an engineer since junior high. During my senior year, I was accepted into 20 colleges. I knew I wanted to get off the reservation. My mom encouraged me. She said there’s more to see off the reservation and you can always come back. I was raised hearing ‘the sky is the limit and there’s so much more to life.’ I wanted to explore the world and I didn’t regret it one bit,” said Pina.

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Join the Indigi-Wellness Champion Campaign Contest

Calling all UNITY Wellness Warriors to join the Indigi-Wellness Champion Campaign Contest! You could win these amazing prizes by posting photo. As part of UNITY’s ongoing efforts to promote mental wellness, we partnered with the National Council of Urban Indian Health, to launch this online campaign contest from September 10-20, 2019!

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#iWillLive Stories of Inspiration: Jerald Cobenais

#iWillLive Stories of Inspiration  -Written by UNITY Youth: Jerald Cobenais, Red Lake band of Ojibwe on his experiences with Suicide, and how he overcame.
“At an early age I was affected by suicide. I lost my older sister when I was 7-years-old.  At the time, I didn’t even know what suicide was.  Read More

Mental Health Awareness Month – Student Resources

Research conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness shows that one in four students on college campuses is affected by mental illness. In an effort to raise awareness, our education experts at BestColleges.com have published a mental health guide (The Top Mental Health Challenges Facing Students) for college students. The guide’s purpose is to help identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues for college students – and where and when to seek help. The guide includes:

  • How to recognize the most common mental health issues facing students
  • Resources for seeking help, including a glossary of treatments
  • Explanation of student rights related to mental health care

Celebration of Life Gathering Raises Suicide Prevention Awareness

14322745_10154136510938051_8677260070870160645_nOn Saturday, September 17, 2016, more than two dozen Native youth and adults gathered at Tohono O’odham Nation in Sells, Arizona, for a special evening of celebrating life. The Celebration of Life Suicide Prevention and Awareness Event was led by UNITY youth leader Julian Juan (Tohono O’odham), and highlighted UNITY Executive Committee Male Co-President, Hamilton Seymour (Nooksack Indian Tribe & Chemanius First Nation), as well as the UNITY fire and a remembrance walk. Read More

Suicide Prevention Gathering Promotes Healing Among Native Youth and Communities

UNITY holds special UNITY Fire gathering
on World Suicide Prevention Day

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2016 – MESA, AZ – More than 40 Native youth and adults gathered last Saturday at the UNITY headquarters in Mesa, Arizona for a special evening that coincided with World Suicide Prevention Day. The UNITY Fire gathering, led by Sheldon Smith, Navajo, and Ron Interpreter, Navajo, offered prayers and explained the importance of the evening. Read More