The second annual “988” Skate Park Jam was held at the Píinuu Nuuchi Skate Park on Friday, Sept. 24, in collaboration between the Southern Ute Behavioral Health Division, SunUte Community Center, various tribal departments, and community programs within the area. As part of Suicide Prevention Month, the event introduced the new “988” number as the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, which recently went live, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Booths from the Behavioral Health Division and San Juan Basin Public Health gave mental health resources to those in attendance and helped reiterate the importance of reaching out for help.
The Skate Park was open to all members of the community and allowed for all skaters to showcase their skills and enter a raffle to win skate gear. A prayer was given by Southern Ute tribal elder, Bryon Frost in remembrance to those who have passed on. Music was provided by Oscar Cosio, with a meal provided by SunUte Community Center, and food booth by Rez Girls Catering with additional food options for purchase. An outdoor film screening of the Disney feature film, Encanto, was shown after sunset.