Native College Student Suicide Listening Session Forum

Suicide Listening Session Forum

CCHE would like to alert you to some important upcoming events to help improve support for Native students on the UW campuses in Madison and Milwaukee ~

Please join both or one of the following events to help us improve our support for Native students on the UW campus. These two listening sessions are motivated by Mr. Mark Denning, hosted by Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center, and sponsored by the Potawatomi Nation. The focus of these sessions is to identify best practices to support the health and well-being of Native students and reduce their (and all students) risk of suicide.

  • Tuesday, September 10, 9:30-11:00am with Dale Walker, MD, Lyle Ignace, MD, and Anne Egan Waukau in 1199 Wisconsin Idea Room in the School of Human Ecology (SoHE) at 1300 Linden Dr, Madison, WI 53706
  • Thursday, September 12, 8:30-3:00pm
    Suicide Listening Session Forum: Join a Discussion about Suicide Risk in Native College Students, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Legacy Ballroom, at 1721 W Canal St, Milwaukee, WI 53233

Learn more about the Listening Session Speakers & the event here.

The Listening Sessions will provide an opportunity to hear from and interact with national and local subject matter experts in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) behavioral health, health care providers, graduate students, Tribal Leaders, suicide prevention program personnel, school administrators, Native organizations, and community members committed to addressing the mental health needs of AI/AN students in secondary and tertiary education. At the end of the day on Thursday, Sept. 12, Dr. Walker will provide a summary with recommendations for establishing culturally responsive systems in health care for Native students.

Thank you to the UW Native Nations Working Group for sharing the invitation to these events, which align with our CCHE mission to address the health and wellness of diverse partners. These listening sessions are a very important opportunity for many to learn more about the rates of suicide in Native youth.

Questions may be directed to Deborah Black, Deputy Director, Department of Behavioral Health at or (414) 316-5046.