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St.'John 2021 Homecoming Court St. John High School students chose their‘2021 Homecoming court during the recent celebration , From left to right are Megan Boe, Aleigha Lenoir, Kylie Parisien, Queen Laneleeialin, King Jay- ton Slater, Landon Otto, Kutter Belgarde and Ty Abrahamson. , ‘ ,. coming a more serious issue among Native Americans. In 2019, suicide was the second leading cause of death for American Indians between the ages of 10 and 34. In addition, a larger percentage of the Native pop- ulation 18 years of age and older were found to be dealing with serious psychological distress. Gaillord emotionally recounted his final hours with his son, his final “I love you” and a final wish for an— other chance. “I woke up at 3:30 in the morning and Adam was sleeping on the couch, ,. "A... (Continued from Page 1) “It’s painful every day. and I wish things would be different. As a parent, I hope none of you have to deal with suicide, but'it’s real, "Very real.” he was on his phone, I could see the light under the blanket. He was rest- less and moving around,” Gaillord said. “IfI could only hit play-back or rewind. I should have went to my son. He needed help and I didn’t see that.” Gaillord Peltier, left, and Erin, Garrison, one of the coordinators of last week’s awareness event and Gaillord Peltier Gaillord said the memory of that day is embedded in his mind and urged others to step in anytime they see someone struggling with mental illness. He said. the state’s top 10 ranking when it comes to deaths by new behavioral health and suicide prevention specialist at Indian Health Services in Belcourt. suicide is unacceptable. “We have to have better support systems,” Gaillord said. “We have to provide those services to people thinking about suicide.” Gaillord said mental health is a major issue in Rolette County and pointed out that while he’s not an ex— Public Health Prevent. Promote. Protect. Rolette County Public Health District ‘ “my. pert on the issue of suicide, he is a survivor. “It’s painful every day and I wish things would be different,” Gaillord said. “As a parent, I hope none of you have to deal with suicide, but it’s real, very real.” Anyone looking for more infor— ./;_ A‘Suicide Awareness'Walk at the Turtle Mountain High School Track drew a good crowd as people gathered together to support each other as well as discuss mental health needs in the area. Trend .rjw' mation on mental health or assistance for people who may be at risk of sui— cide, please contact ‘(Erin GarriSOn, the behavioral health and suicide pre- vention specialist at Indian Health Services in Belcourt. Her phone number is 7031-477E'64111 ext. 8348 or email her at .Qarrison'@ihs.gov. .i, *ThUi'Sday' Septen‘iber liar-5p DRlVE THRU, earns; street from RCF’HD‘E; fr n t doom *Fridayw October ist- LEEVER'S 934p, walk up before grocery shopping! PRE . 3- ‘l TER AT WWWNDV’AKE) ; f1. SEARC‘ H BY DATE AND 83’? it C) R l l'