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Suicide Prevention in College: A Valuable Resource Guide on Emergency Assistance, Warning Signs & Prevention of Suicide in College Students

Suicide is a complex public health issue with several causes, including psychiatric illnesses that may have not been recognized or treated. Substance abuse and mental disorders account for approximately 90 percent of those who have died by suicide, but these illnesses are treatable and people suffering from them do get better. Many treatment options are available, and there have been several recent advances in treating and understanding suicide. This guide was designed to offer hope and help for those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, as well as the friends and family who want so badly to help them. Read More…

Health care officials pitch transformative mental health, addiction treatment reforms

Medicaid is one of the biggest drivers of Alaska’s state spending.

At the same time, Alaska has the nation’s highest suicide rate and a growing problem with opioid addiction.

State leaders believe they can lower the long-term growth in Medicaid costs and make Alaskans healthier mentally and physically. They plan to do that by better coordinating  behavioral health care — the treatment of mental health and addiction.

At a recent Senate Medicaid Reform Subcommittee hearing, Health Commissioner Valerie Davidson said it will be a challenge. READ MORE…

Trauma and Suicide: Breaking the Link

When: June 18-19 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Centennial Hall Juneau, Alaska
Register at: www.cvent.com/d/prqxjl
Sponsored by: Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Division of Behavioral Health Prevention Services.
Topics Covered: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Resiliency, Suicide Prevention, Historical & Intergenerational Trauma, Collective Community Impact

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