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Governor Proclaims September 7-13 Suicide Prevention Week

Governor Bill Walker has issued an Executive Proclamation declaring September 7-13, 2015 as Suicide Prevention Week in Alaska. Suicide Prevention Day is being recognized September 10, 2015.
 
Alaska continues to have one of the highest suicide rates in the country. “Alaska’s suicide rate is twice the national average, suicide is the second leading cause of death for Alaska Natives between the ages of 15 and 34 years, impacting both urban and rural Alaskan communities with devastatingly high rates of suicide,” the Governor’s proclamation states.
 
There are many contributing factors that could lead to suicidal ideation. “Risk factors for suicide can include a previous suicide attempt, substance abuse, feelings of hopelessness or isolation, access to lethal means, physical or sexual abuse, history of mental health disorders like clinical depression, lack of access to mental health treatment services, chronic pain or serious physical illness, or incarceration,” the Governor’s proclamation states.
 
The proclamation highlights that there is help available to Alaskans thinking of suicide or grieving the loss of someone to suicide. The Alaska Careline is one of those resources, which anyone can call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-877-266-HELP(4357).