Lakota Youth Suicide Prevention Through Theater: B.E.A.R. Program Performs for the BBC

Read this article first about this program for suicide prevention in Lakota youth, then watch.  Watching them torched my heart, it is so sad to see. Art and music express the struggle of Lakota youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation. It is beautiful to see their struggle in art, capturing the depth of darkness of a suicide epidemic. No amount of money can save a life, what we need is love. Have you ever thought what you can do to prevent suicide? Perhaps being nice to someone, loving them. Not laughing when you see someone with a despondent face, looking into space, lost in a void. To be present to understand the mind of someone else is hard, and some times impossible. Be here now, Ram Das says.

About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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