The ANTHC Suicide Prevention Program works on collaborative efforts with Tribal Health Organizations in the Alaska Native Tribal Health System and networking with other community resources for suicide prevention awareness projects throughout the State of Alaska.
As we look at the process
of suicide, ANTHC can provide: 1) Prevention
: through initial awareness workshops that suicide is an issue in Alaska; 2) Intervention
: through collaborative efforts, we can provide training with two LivingWorks
intervention models, safeTALK and ASIST
; and 3) Postvention
: by providing trainers in four different regions on SurvivorVoices
, a program created by The Connect Program
housed in New Hampshire.The Behavioral Health staff is a member of the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council (a connection to the Alaska State Legislature) and Suicide Prevention Action Network sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (a connection to the Alaska Congressional Delegation).
For more information contact:
Barbara Franks, Program Associate
Suicide Prevention Program
3900 Ambassador Drive, Suite 401
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Suicide Prevention Program Partner Links & Descriptions:
- Visit LivingWorks to access more information on safeTALK and ASIST (two intervention models that are being used in Alaska).
- International Survivors of Suicide Day is always the last Saturday before Thanksgiving, please check at www.afsp.org to find a training near you. This website will also allow you to watch the program in the privacy of your own home. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will help you find how you can cope with a suicide loss and link you to other resources as well.
- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention also has information at www.afsp.org to help you organize an "Out of Darkness" walk in memory of the loved ones lost to suicide. Organizations all over the world are taking this opportunity to help survivors join together to ensure "You are not alone."
- Find out what is happening in Alaska with suicide prevention by visiting our statewide bulletin board, www.stopsuicidealaska.org - here you can find trainings, workshops, seminars, regional data, and links to organizations who are getting involved with suicide prevention.
- The Alaska Association of Student Government, www.aasg.org will link you to students across Alaska who are strong advocates for suicide prevention in our school systems. They are also involved in a collaborative effort with GCI and ANTHC's media campaign. You can watch the winners of the last year's contest on their website as well. Their focus has been to promote the Alaska Careline Crisis Intervention line, www.carelinealaska.com or 1-877-266-4357.
Upcoming Training and Events for the Suicide Prevention Program:
|November 2, 2013
||safeTALK for Hospital Clergy / ANTHC Employees / Trainer Barbara Franks, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ANMC Conference Room 2
Only time available for ANMC employees - weekend training
|November 4-8, 2013
||BHA Forum / ANTHC BH Team, Anchorage, Alaska
|November 7, 2013
||Railway of Hope film at BHA Forum, Facilitator Barbara Franks, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Westmark Hotel
|November 13, 2013
||Quarterly Tribal Behavioral Health Directors meeting, Barbara Franks update, also with Careline
|November 23, 2013
||International Survivors of Suicide Day, Collaborate with AFSP www.afsp.org to check on a location near you
ASIST is the "Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training," a two-day intense workshop that helps a person through an intervention module that would help a person with thoughts of suicide to a higher level of care. The product was created by LivingWorks, a Canadian organization.
To inquire about scheduling an ASIST training in your area, please contact Barbara Franks.
safeTALK is a 3.5 to 4.0 hour workshop for ages 15 and over to help recognize the basic warning signs for suicide, and is a complimentary product to the ASIST Intervention Model that encourages the individual to know the resources that are available in their community and region.
To inquire about scheduling a safeTALK training in your area, please contact Barbara Franks.
SurvivorVoices is a two-day workshop intended for survivors of suicide loss who are interested in learning how to tell their story safely in public or private settings. Although each person grieves at his or own pace, most survivors find that it takes at least two years after their loss before they are ready to share their story. This workshop was created by The Connect Program in New Hampshire.
To inquire about scheduling a SurvivorVoices training in your area, please contact Barbara Franks.
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