On September 24th, Tanana Chiefs Conference along with Fairbanks Native Association hosted the “March for Hope” Suicide Awareness March and bar-b-que.
The event was intended to raise awareness and prevent the spread of suicide in our communities; something that has been plaguing interior villages and cities alike. Alaska has some of the highest rates of suicide per capita in the nation and TCC’s Division of Wellness and Prevention hosted the event in honor of September being ‘Suicide Awareness Month.’
This month Tanana Chiefs Conference recognized Suicide Awareness Month (September). As a part of the effort in continuing to raise awareness we have developed a new series of videos dedicated to sharing the stories of those who have been personally touched by suicide.
The first in the series was Travis Cole from Allakaket. Cole shared the story of losing his best friend as a teenager and how that experience came to shape him as an adult and father. We feel it is important to share the stories of those who were affected because the struggle for loved ones left behind is a common issue.
TCC’s “My Culture Saved Me” will continue to reach out to those who have personal stories about how they overcame either losing someone to suicide, committing suicide, or struggling with suicidal thoughts.
If you would like to view the series of videos you can visit our Tanana Chiefs Conference YouTube page online or search the hashtag #MyCultureSavedMe.
This October, Tanana Chiefs Conference is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
- The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.
- If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
- If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.
Talk to your provider about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your provider can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.