Casting the Net Upstream

Alaska has the highest rate of suicide in the nation.

What’s worst: Youth who are exposed to suicide or suicidal behavior are more at-risk for attempting suicide, perpetuating the problem.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Connecting youth to a community that cares and understands where they are coming from and has a vision for their future is a call to action. The Alaska State Suicide Prevention Plan identifies uniquely Alaskans ways for all of us to act together to prevent suicide because suicide is preventable and we all need the tools to prevent suicide together.

It’s a call for action.

Over the next three years, in collaboration with the Alaska Children’s Trust with support from State of Alaska, ACF has committed to supporting community driven prevention activities that engage youth in cultural activities, school-based programming, community collaborations and effective suicide prevention programs. Following the Alaska State Suicide Prevention Plan (FY 2012-2017), ACF will award grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to nonprofits promoting wellness to prevent suicide across the state.

You make the difference.

Through research and best practices, the State of Alaska’s evidence-based prevention strategy is changing the way Alaskans address suicide. Since 2010, community-based prevention activities have grown; more Alaskans are are taking an active role in prevention; and through collaborations and partnership we are casting the net upstream and promoting wellness.

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