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Connecting Our Community

During this time of social distancing, it is more important than ever to find new ways to connect. The Connecting our Community videos are a great way to learn more about the Chickasaw Nation and our efforts to keep citizens informed and entertained. The videos share information about a variety of topics from health and wellness to cultural and cooking resources. Watch the videos using the buttons below and check back often as new videos are added regularly.

Featured Video

Chikasha Anokfilli: Combating Loneliness

Join Quin Tran for a panel discussion about loneliness in the COVID-19 pandemic with mental wellness professionals, Amanda Rhynes, a licensed professional counselor and program therapist; Deanna Carpitche, a Chickasaw Nation Prevention Specialist and coordinator of suicide prevention/intervention; and Dr. B.J. Boyd, a senior psychologist at the Chickasaw Nation.

In conjunction with the Chikasha Anokfilli (thinking Chickasaw) mental wellness initiative, the panel discusses the definition of loneliness and ways to combat it. The Chickasaw Nation has several programs in place to help prioritize mental health, such as medical family therapists, outpatient services and a “Zero Suicide" initiative, which is a partnership between the department of health and family services screening every patient who receives services about depression and/or suicide. Panel discussions include checking in on one another and the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of children and elders. ‚Äč