We Alaskans like to be known for our self-reliance, but when we cross the line to suffering in silence, it’s no longer a good thing.
Alaska has had one of the highest rates of suicide in the nation for decades. Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, September, is now behind us but the tough topics behind these painful statistics are relevant year-round.
We’ve wrestled with stigma and silence for generations. The good news is that we’ve learned a lot, done a lot of work, and our progress has picked up momentum in recent years: