Hope for Life Day: Background
On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH), in partnership with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s AI/AN Task Force, successfully put forward a resolution at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 2015 Mid-Year Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. The resolution, “Creating an Annual National American Indian and Alaska Native Hope for Life Day (Suicide Prevention Day)” was the outcome of a one year collaborative effort of the AI/AN Task Force members.
The purpose of the National AI/AN Hope for Life Day (Suicide Prevention Day) resolution is to request a Presidential Proclamation to declare an annual National American Indian and Alaska Native Hope for Life Day to be held each September during Suicide Prevention Week. The resolution encourages collaboration with federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Indian Health Service, the Bureau of Indian Education and Bureau of Indian Affairs within the Department of Interior, the Department of Education, national Indian and non-Indian organizations, and others to support this effort. NCAI’s Health Subcommittee and Human Resources Committee deliberated, amended, and passed NCUIH’s resolution submission.
The final resolution passed at the 2015 NCAI Mid-Year Conference and can be accessed here.
The National AI/AN Hope for Life Day toolkit is housed on the Action Alliance website to support community leaders, grassroots organizers, and health care professionals working in Native communities.