The Statewide Suicide Prevention Council calls on all Alaskans to recognize our roles in building resilient individuals and resilient communities so we can act together to prevent suicide. The Statewide Suicide Prevention Council (SSPC) advises the governor and legislature on issues relating to suicide. In collaboration with communities, faith-based organizations, and public-private entities, the Council works to improve the health and wellness of Alaskans by reducing suicide and its effect on individuals and communities.
A limited amount of hard copies are available upon request. Please contact Eric Morrison at (907) 465-6518 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How can Alaskans learn about suicide and how it is prevented?
1. Go to StopSuicideAlaska.org and read through the resources provided there.
2. Go to the Council’s website and read:
• annual reports tracking suicide and suicide prevention in Alaska since 2002;
• the 2007 Alaska Follow-Back Study; and
• newsletters and periodic updates on research, data, and practices.
3. Attend a meeting of the local suicide prevention or wellness coalition.
4. Attend a Council meeting (in person or by telephone).
5. Explore national suicide prevention organizations’ resources:
• American Association of Suicidology www.suicidology.org
• American Foundation for Suicide Prevention www.afsp.org
• Suicide Prevention Resource Center www.sprc.org;
• Indian Health Service Suicide Prevention www.ihs.gov/NonMedicalPrograms/nspn
• National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention www.actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/; and
• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Suicide Prevention Section www.samhsa.gov/prevention/suicide.aspx
Learning about suicide will allow Alaskans to talk openly with their families, friends, and neighbors about suicide and how to prevent it.