From KELOland comes a story on how Congreswoman Kristi Noem is working to address the teen suicide rate on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation:
Representative Kristi Noem returned to the Pine Ridge Reservation Friday to talk about the area’s suicide problem, and this time she brought along a key member of Congress on youth mental health issues.
It’s an ongoing tragedy that won’t leave Rep. Kristi Noem alone.
Five weeks after she heard first-hand accounts of suicides and near misses, Noem returned to Pine Ridge with Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy. Murphy is a child psychologist who’s now pushing a sweeping mental-health reform bill.
He was moved, too.
“That’s a program that’s used to give hope to students and youth and turn their lives around,” Noem said. “The fact that it’s ending in December means we’ve got to figure out ways to extend that program and keep their funds flowing.”
Murphy’s presence in Pine Ridge and the mental health law overhaul he is guiding through Congress could matter there.