On Wednesday, by a vote of 4-0, the Health, Education and Human Services Committee of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council unanimously agreed to accept the update by the Utah Navajo Health Systems, Inc.
UNHS Board of Directors declared a state of emergency after the recent spate of suicides that gripped the community. The organization is located in Montezuma Creek, Utah.
“The rash of suicides has shaken the communities that we serve. The emotional toll on everyone has been significant,” said Robert Whitehorse, board chairman.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month and a call to action by the UNHS to work with the Navajo Nation on creating a safety net against the effects of suicide.