Photo: Offering hope

Posted: Friday, February 20, 2009

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks in front of a group Thursday before presenting a $1.5 million national youth suicide prevention grant at the Juneau-Douglas High Schoollibrary. Alaska's suicide rate is three-times the national average. The three-year grant will provide $500,000 in funding each year during that span. Seated, from right, is Ron King, whose son committed suicide, Dr. Eric Broderick, acting administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Bill Hogan, commissioner of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. "Youth suicides are even more challenging in rural and isolated areas where youth have limited access to behavioral health services," Murkowski said.

David J. Sheakley / Juneau Empire
David J. Sheakley / Juneau Empire

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