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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September 5, 2018

The effects of suicide reach every corner in Alaska. Help us raise awareness for suicide prevention throughout September during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. ANTHC will participate in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of Darkness Walk on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Chuck Albrecht Ball Fields, 4781 Elmore Road, in Anchorage from noon-2 p.m. ANTHC will have an informational booth from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. along the trail behind the Consortium Office Building, 4000 Ambassador Drive, and will hand out resources and engage with walkers. To join the team or to make a contribution, visit the ANTHC team page here. ANTHC Suicide Prevention Program will host an activity table with art and grounding techniques in the lobby of Patient Housing at ANMC every Thursday in September (6, 13, 20, 27) from 2-5 p.m. Hand Art Our hands identify our individuality and each person has an individual art style that they use in different ways. Celebrate your individuality and create a piece of art to share with the world! Grounding Grounding techniques are helpful steps to take when someone is experiencing a crisis and can help lower the impacts of stress on the body and mind. At the weekly activity table, program staff will share information about the mindfulness of breath and how mindfulness can be enhanced with essential oils. View and share the Tell Your Heart Story public service announcement on social media here. Use the hashtag #CultureHeals to help share the reasons you enjoy life. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911 or the Alaska Careline at 877-266-4357 (HELP). You can also text “4help” to 839863 from 3-11 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. For information about Suicide Prevention Awareness Month activities, contact ANTHC Suicide Prevention at Suicide Prevention at (907) 729-3751 or

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