Goal 4: Alaskans Have Immediate Access to the Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services They Need

 

One of the key people we need to help prevent suicide in Alaska is the person at risk themselves.  That doesn't mean we expect them to just "get over it" or "deal."  But it does mean that we want to help Alaskans take charge of their health, to know what health care services and supports they need to stay well, and to take steps to ask for help. 

 

What can you do?

 

Take steps to maintain and improve your mental and emotional health.

Mental and emotional health can be improved and maintained, just like your physical health. In fact, many of the actions you can take to improve your mental health are the same ones your doctor is probably suggesting to help you keep your body in good shape.

  • CONNECT with friends and family.
  • MOVE your body 30 minutes a day.
  • BE MINDFUL of your experiences, internally and externally.
  • LEARN something new.
  • GIVE to your community or someone in need.

Learn more at Sound Minds in Sound Bodies, a mental health promotion program from the Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

 

Learn who to call and how to access help — and then ask for that help — when you feel like you may be in crisis and/or at risk of suicide.

Part of preventing suicide in Alaska is being aware of when we ourselves are potentially at risk – and then reaching out for help. Periodically ask yourself if you have any of the warning signs. If you answer yes, ASK FOR HELPCall or text Careline (you have the app on your phone, right?).  Your life is precious, and you are not alone.

 

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