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MCDPEL Perspectives: Alaska's Statewide Youth Suicide Efforts

Posted by Joe Mazza

6/10/14 10:28 AM

ANTHC Picture w/ Marty, Jen, Joe & Barbara

1,130,192 = # of calls answered by a Careline number (emergency call center) throughout US in 2013


Following #HETL14 in Anchorage, AK, a MCDPEL study team of Jennifer Botzojorns (Cohort 11), Marty Richmond (Cohort 4) and Joe Mazza (Cohort 9) were lucky to meet and visit with Barbara Franks at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. The team aimed to learn about ANTHC efforts to provide suicide prevention awareness and education to Alaska natives. Barbara's son Ron Whitcraft died by suicide at the age of 23. Shortly after she lost her husband to cancer. Listen to her story and how she is now taking an active role to prevent youth suicide during the team's one hour interview below via Soundcloud. 

While listening to the conversation, feel free to scroll down below for tweeted takeaways, pictures and resources from the conversation with Barbara Franks.  



The #PennAlaska14 study team and MCDPEL would like to give a heartfelt "thank you" to the ANTHC and Barbara Franks for the generous time, passion and energy in sharing their ongoing and proactive efforts to support the needs of kids and families. For more information this work, visit the ANTHC website.


Topics: Network Outreach,, International Program Travel,, Youth Suicide,, study trips