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New PSA for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and beyond

September 25, 2017




Suicide remains a sensitive and urgent topic around Alaska, which is why Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium continues to develop new ways to provide resources dedicated to shifting this painful trend. Part of that work includes communicating positive messages to those having thoughts of suicide, struggling with depression or need a listening ear.

To help promote September’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and beyond, ANTHC developed the Tell Your Heart Story public service announcement for our Alaska Native people, and people they may know, who might be having thoughts of suicidality.

We understand everyone has a story to share and telling your heart story can help if you or someone you know is dealing with thoughts of suicide. The 30-second PSA recognizes that our lives are filled with moments of joy and pain, and that every life matters. The goal of this campaign is to send a message of hope and encourage people to reach out.

View the new Tell Your Heart Story PSA here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9f-lzzI0D4.

The ANTHC Suicide Prevention Program and ANTHC Marketing department collaborated on the concept. The animation was done by Hannah Foss and ANTHC Food Program Manager Greg Nothstine narrated the spot. Partial funding support was provided by the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the Alaska Careline at 1-877-266-HELP (4357) or text HELLO to the crisis text line at 741741. We’re here for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and your calls and texts are free and completely confidential.

For more information about ANTHC’s efforts on suicide prevention, education and training, visit https://anthc.org/what-we-do/behavioral-health/suicide-prevention/.

The PSA was developed in part under a grant number SM061935-02 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.


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