Ed Graff

I’d like to take a moment to talk about something that needs to be openly discussed in our community, and every community in the state.

Suicide — it’s an epidemic and we need to have ongoing conversations about how to prevent it.

While the death (Oct. 17 at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention) wasn’t directly connected to the Anchorage School District, suicide has a big impact on our lives.

We’ve seen the news about the rash of deaths in villages statewide. As a young boy, I lived in one of those villages and I can’t help but feel connected.