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James Gallanos MSW
Program Coordinator
Phone: (907) 465-8536
350 Main Street, Room 214
P.O. Box 110609
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0609


Feeling down or thinking
of suicide?

Please know that you can
feel better about yourself
and your life.

For free, confidential help 24/7, call the Alaska Careline:

For free, confidential help 24/7, call the Alaska Careline,  877-266-4357.


More Alaska prevention:


The Council writes Alaska's suicide prevention plan. See what steps you, your agency, and your community can take.


Post an event on this statewide site, start a group page, share resources, join a discussion,
get involved.







Alaska Suicide Prevention


New Grant Opportunity!


Grant Program Supports Community-based Efforts to Reduce Teen Suicide
The Alaska Children’s Trust and The Alaska Community Foundation are currently accepting applications for projects that will directly enhance community-based efforts to prevent teen suicide. Communities across Alaska are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Monday, February 15, 2015 at 5 p.m.
For more information or if you have questions about applying, visit or call Katie St. John at (907) 334-6700.


The Department of Education & Early Development is pleased to announce a competitive grant application for funds to Suicide Awareness, Prevention & Postvention.  The purpose of the Suicide Awareness, Prevention & Postvention (SAPP) grant is to provide an opportunity for schools to support programs, practices, and policies that focus on areas that are related to the State Suicide Prevention Plan Goals and Strategies.
Under this competition, EED intends to award approximately 10 grants if state funding is made available to the department.  Grants up to $25,000 per year will be awarded.  These awards will be made to Alaska school districts only. EED will only fund projects that primarily serve at risk students as demonstrated by YRBS results and regional suicide demographics.  
EED will give competitive priority to projects that will serve at risk students in: schools designated as alternative schools, correctional facilities and regions that have historically had high suicide rates as reported by the State of Alaska Epidemiology.
Applications are available.

The closing date for this competition is 4:00 p.m. AST on Friday, March 11, 2016.  
If you have any questions concerning the program or the application process, please feel free to contact Sharon Fishel, 465-6523 or



 Suicides, like motor vehicle deaths, are preventable. Collectively, we bring risk down through public policies and attitudes, infrastructure, and the timely intervention of professionals, friends, family and strangers.

The state suicide prevention program offers grants, resources and training for individuals and communities.

Community-Based Suicide Prevention Program

The program helps communities create projects to reduce self-destructive behaviors and conditions that lead to suicide, and to increase individual, family and community health.
The program offers grants (the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Prevention and Early Intervention Services grant), training and postvention resources (see below), as well as information through conferences and the Alaska Gatekeeper listserve.

Alaska Postvention Project

Postvention is responding to a suicide to minimize the risk of additional attempts, and to help communities heal. Postvention happens before and after a suicide. This is similar to preparedness planning and response for natural disasters such as earthquakes or floods.


Many suicide prevention trainings are available for the public and providers.

In the news

Zero Suicide in Behavioral Health Care
Zero Suicide is a public-private partnership promoting the goal of zero suicides among people receiving care, and offering tools to reach that goal. The organization holds that zero suicides among care recipients is an aspirational challenge that health systems should accept.


Additional information about suicide:


​The state suicide prevention program produces suicide prevention materials, and regularly works with nonprofit and community partners to distribute them and promote suicide prevention. ​Please click here for more information.