Suicide has had a devastating impact on people, families and communities across Alaska. This is especially painful in rural Alaska, where our people and regions are so closely connected. The ANTHC Suicide Prevention Program fights suicide by providing Tribal partners with access to suicide awareness, prevention and education tools.
The ANTHC Suicide Prevention Program collaborates with community partners and Tribal health organizations within the Alaska Native Tribal Health System to provide evidence-based education and training about suicide prevention, intervention and post-vention.
The ANTHC Suicide Prevention program is not a crisis intervention.
Call or text 988 or chat https://988lifeline.org/ to reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:
- Thoughts of suicide
- Mental health or substance use crisis, or
- Any other kind of emotional distress
In Alaska, if you are calling from a 907 area code, 988 connects you to the Alaska Careline, a member of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Careline is still active to help 24/7. Call 1-877-266-4357 (HELP) or text 4help to 839863 to speak to a trained counselor. You can also visit www.carelinealaska.com.
Education and Training Opportunities
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day intensive workshop created by LivingWorks that teaches participants effective suicide intervention skills.
safeTALK is a 3.5-4 hour suicide alertness workshop created by LivingWorks for anyone ages 15 and older. The workshop teaches participants to recognize basic suicide warning signs and connect at-risk individuals to intervention resources in their community.
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Gatekeeper is a one-hour course taught in a clear, concise format using the latest in educational technology and practices. The course addresses key components covered in training:
- How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal
- How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
- The common causes of suicidal behavior
- The warning signs of suicide
- How to get help for someone in crisis
Adult Mental Health First Aid is for anyone 18 and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis and addictions.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
If you would like to host a training or participate in a training please fill out the appropriate form below and email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org.