Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Martinez to sign Native American suicide prevention bill on Thursday

Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday will head to Shiprock to sign SB 417, which aims to prevent teen suicides with prevention programs and a clearinghouse that would collect data on suicide rates, among other things.

The news will make some students at the Santa Fe Indian School very happy. As part of their senior honors project, they had followed the bill as they prepared a presentation about Native American mental health.

A spokesman for Martinez said she's glad to sign the measure.

"The governor is very pleased to be able to travel to Shiprock to sign this piece of legislation because she wants Native American young people to know that their lives are of significant importance, and the community is going to work very hard to overcome the teen suicide problem we face," spokesman Scott Darnell said.

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