SEARHC’s Gregory honored for youth suicide prevention work

Megan Gregory, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium employee, recently was selected as a 2011 National Indian Health Service Behavioral Health Achievement Award recipient and was honored for Outstanding Youth Leadership in Suicide Prevention. She received her award Aug. 3 at the Indian Health Service/Bureau of Indian Affairs/Bureau of Indian Education/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (IHS/BIA/BIE/SAMHSA) Action Summit for Suicide Prevention in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Gregory, 24, is a Juneau-based community project assistant for the SEARHC Behavioral Health/Suicide Prevention Program. As part of her work with the program, Gregory is a member of the “1 is 2 Many” Southeast Alaska regional suicide prevention task force. She also is heavily involved in launching a new Youth Ambassadors teen suicide prevention program for high school juniors around Southeast Alaska. Gregory also just completed her term as the youth representative for the Central Council of the Tlingít and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. She also served as the first youth advisor to the Sealaska Inc. board of directors.

“It is an immense honor to win this award, and I am very humbled that I was considered knowing that there are many others who are working for youth across the country,” Gregory said. “As a young Native woman from the town of Kake, I have a vision to make the world a better place for all youth. It is a remarkable experience to see that vision become a reality more and more as the days pass. I look forward to continuing my work with the youth, the elders and everyone in between. I encourage everyone to dream big, because the world needs you and together we can make a difference.”

Earlier this year, Gregory was one of three youth board members named to the Center for Native American Youth board of directors. Gregory also has been nominated to serve on the IHS Suicide Prevention Committee, and will find out next spring if she has been selected. In her free time, Gregory volunteers as a coach with the international Girls on the Run program. She also has applied to be a youth council member with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service so she can take a more active role with 4H and other Cooperative Extension programs dealing with growing more local food and community gardening. FOR MORE RECOGNITIONS, PLEASE SEE PAGE C4


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