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…
Check out these highlights from Healthy Alaskans 2020 and the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). They include data on smoking, binge drinking, suicide, adverse childhood experiences, family support and more.
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…
At a time when many families are looking for back-to-school bargains, others are coming into their pediatricians’ offices looking for answers about their children’s behavior. Read More…
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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