Suicide is one of the most significant public health issues facing our world; it has existed throughout history and across all cultures. The reasons for why an individual might consider suicide are as complex and varied as the individuals themselves. One of the most pressing areas of concern is the impact of suicide on the lives of the people left behind, especially youth, which can create a “contagion” effect — a cascade of more suicides within the community.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29 year olds. In Alaska, based on 2016 data, it’s the 6th leading cause of death. In 2019, an Alaskan died by suicide every 44 hours. American Indians and Alaska Native youth are the most at-risk populations in the nation – suicide is youth’s second leading cause of death in the nation. Death by suicide has devastating effects and reverberating impact. Statistically, it’s estimated that for one death by suicide, there are an estimated 25 attempts.
There is something that can be done.
September is National Suicide Awareness Month. Here are some excellent links for more information:
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.org/chapter/alaska
- Tips and tools from Indian leadership for Indian Health: http://www.npaihb.org/social-marketing-campaigns/
- Alaska’s Statewide Suicide Prevention Council Resource Page: https://afsp.org/chapter/alaska
Take advantage of training: CITC now offers a free workshop that provide high-quality training to empower everyone with the tools, words, and skills to make a difference, no matter who they are or what they do. The vision of the developers is a world free of suicide loss – a world where no one experiences the pain of a co-worker, friend, or family-member having taken their own life.
Contact CITC Suicide Prevention Trainer Kris Green at firstname.lastname@example.org for upcoming training dates or how you can host a training.