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Seminole Tribe of Florida Produces Video to Help Reduce Suicide Rate of Young Native Americans


The Seminole Tribe of Florida has released a newly-produced public service video to help reduce the alarming suicide rate of young Native Americans. The video made its debut prior to National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 5-12, 2016.

Written and produced by a team of professionals at Seminole Media Productions, the one-minute video was shot at three Seminole Reservations, where several young members of the Seminole Tribe volunteered to take part.

The video’s message is geared towards parents and encourages them to be on the lookout for several specific suicide warning signs. It is being shown at Seminole Tribe community meetings and refers viewers to the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Center for Behavioral Health.

The video can be viewed at this link:

Although youth suicide rates vary from tribe to tribe, at some tribes, the rate is as much as ten times the national average for suicides among all young people in the U.S. Overall, the rate of completed suicides among Native American men age 18 to 24 is 34.3 per 100,000, compared to a rate of 20.4 per 100,000 among the general population of men that age.

For more information about the newly-released video, please contact Robert Fulp at Seminole Media Productions, 954/364-5203.


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