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. If you or someone you know is in crisis or having thoughts of suicide, please talk to someone you trust, call 911 or call the Alaska Careline at 1-877-266-4357. The Alaska Careline Crisis line is here for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and your calls and texts are free and completely confidential. Text 4help to 839863 from 3-11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. You can also visit www.carelinealaska.com.
ANTHC does not provide clinical behavioral health services. For clinical services, please contact Southcentral Foundation’s Denaa Yeets’ Program at (907) 729-5260 or 1-800-478-3343.
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.
Careline: Alaska Suicide Prevention & Someone to Talk to Line
Call anytime, toll free: 1-877-266-HELP (4357)
Text 4help to 839863 from 3-11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Rural Aftercare Coordination
ANTHC’s Behavioral Health department partners with the Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API) and the Alaska Native Medical Center, by providing continuing care to patients who are from rural Alaska and have suicidality in their past. The Rural Aftercare Coordinators work with patients and their personally identified system of care to support the follow-through of the social work discharge plan. The goal is to reduce suicidality and unnecessary API and ANMC readmissions by helping this at-risk population stay connected to ongoing support.