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Programs teach Minnesota's American Indian youth the warning signs of suicide


October 1, 2018

A group of middle-schoolers shared colorful markers as they designed poster boards spread around two wooden tables scattered with glitter and informational packets. It was craft time for the teens, who were participating in an American Indian program called Keep the Fire Alive.

On her white poster board, Nalia Segura, 13, used a pencil to shade in long, dark hair on a mouthless face. Where the mouth should be, she wrote in bold red letters, “Suicide is not an option.” To the right of those words, she drew a decorative dreamcatcher with a yin-yang center and three large feathers.


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