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Unsah Jan Prevention and Youth Development

Unsah Jan (Dena’ina for “first day”) is the Recovery Services Department‘s prevention and youth development program aimed at young people ages 10 – 24. The program focuses on suicide and drug and alcohol abuse prevention, and life skills and wellness development for all young people, but is specifically designed to meet the needs of Alaska Native, American Indian, and LGBTQ+ youth.

In addition to actively screening and providing referrals for suicide risk among youth, Unsah Jan’s staff offers a variety of training and growth opportunities.

Suicide Prevention Trainings:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST): a 16-hour in-person, in-depth training providing the tools, skills, and opportunity to practice engaging with someone who is having thoughts of suicide.
  • QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Gatekeeper: a brief, one-hour introduction to suicide awareness, designed especially for teens and young adults with minimal exposure to helping someone who is having thoughts of suicide.
  • safeTALK: a three-hour in-person introductory training offering tools and resources on suicide intervention

Youth Wellness:

  • life-skills development under the Alaska Native Life Skills curriculum
  • wellness activities (e.g., yoga, hiking, berry picking, etc.)

Unsah Jan also partners with local schools and organizations to provide cultural activities, homework help, case management, bullying prevention, and life-skills development among youth, in addition to providing training in suicide prevention for staff. CITC’s prevention program is part of the Recovery Services department’s continuum of care.

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