Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

Let's start to banish the shame associated with suicide


“Sons of suicides seldom do well. Characteristically, they find life lacking a certain zing. They tend to feel more rootless than most, even in a notoriously rootless nation. They are squeamishly incurious about the past and numbly certain about the future to this grisly extent: they suspect that they, too, will kill themselves.”

-Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater.

My father's suicide is never far from my mind. I go outside at night and I look at the stars and I think about him. He committed suicide when I was 4 years old. Our family fall apart after that and my mother remarried an alcoholic lumberjack.


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