Native Cry Outreach Alliance, an organization that seeks to prevent Native youth from making life-ending decisions and treat depression, is pushing for more signatures for its online campaign that urges Congress to pass the Native American Suicide Prevention Act.
"My wife [Quechan tribal member Rayna Madero] and I, this year started an organization called Native Cry Outreach Alliance," stated Armando Madero Sr. Quechan, of Yuma, Arizona, on the change.org petition, "and are looking forward to creating a physical environment where young Warriors can develop positive coping mechanisms. We are hoping to abolish suicide and slow death rates among these children. Please help us by signing this petition to Congress and help get this bill passed."
Native Cry became fully operational on September 10, which is World Suicide Prevention Day, from two buildings in downtown Yuma, primarily serving the Quechan and Cocopah communities with planned outreach to all Native Americans. Check out the organization's gripping public service announcement (PSA) aimed at Natives who are considering taking their own lives.
Native Cry's petition still needs more than 3,000 signatures to present their bill to Congress that would implement early suicide intervention and prevention strategies throughout Indian country. Sign the petition here.