Lakota Nation Conference headlines youth suicide prevention

In South Dakota, suicide is the leading cause of death for children ages 10-14 and the second for people ages 15-34, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Shana Pourier from Lakota Circles of Hope spent a couple of hours planting seeds of hope in people's lives teaching them how to prevent suicide, with a unique way to get the point across.

Shana Pourier, Mentor with Lakota Circles of Hope, says "It is through your own story, it is through your own experiences, and being Lakota, we have a history of oral story, oral tradition, so passing down those life lessons."

Evelyn Wilder, a licensed professional counselor of mental health, says "For a long time, suicide has been a topic that people don't talk about and what we're trying to help people understand is that we need to talk about it."

As of July 1, Senate Bill 129 requires anyone applying for initial certification or renewal as an education professional to complete at least one hour of youth suicide awareness and prevention training.

To set up your own training, Pourier and Wilder can be contacted at 605-348-6086.