The Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition Observes International Suicide Prevention Week!

The Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition Observes International Suicide Prevention Week!

The Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition is grateful to Juneau Parks and Recreation as well as 360 North for their collaboration in helping the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition (JSPC) observe International Suicide Prevention Day.

International Suicide Prevention Week is September 5th through September 11th. International Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th.

Throughout International Suicide Prevention Week, 360 North will air Dr. Bob Baugher’s presentation, “Understanding the Suicidal Person.” Dr. Bob Baugher is an Instructor at Highline Community College, in Des Moines, Washington. He teaches courses in Psychology, Suicide Intervention, and Death Education. He has worked with the Washington State Youth Suicide Prevention Program.  This presentation was filmed in Juneau on September, 2010. To view online click here: Dates and times for 360 North’s television broadcast of “Understanding the Suicidal Person” are listed below.

Mon      09/05/16              10 PM

Tue        09/06/16              1 AM

Tue        09/06/16              4 AM

Tue        09/06/16              7 AM

Tue        09/06/16              1 PM

Fri           09/09/16              8 AM

Fri           09/09/16              2 PM

Sat          09/10/16              2 AM

Sat          09/10/16              5 AM

Sat          09/10/16              3 PM

Sun        09/11/16              2 PM

Sun        09/11/16              9 PM

Stay tuned for information on Suicide Survivors Day and the airing of the second half of Dr. Baugher’s presentation which focuses on recovery from grief and loss.

On September, 10th International Suicide Prevention Day, the JSPC will have suicide prevention material at various of Juneau Parks and Recreation Play Day locations.
Play Day is a phenomenal local event sponsored by Juneau Parks and Recreation. At Zach Gordon, from 11 to 1 p.m. for example, there will be suicide prevention materials, a hot dog lunch, a demonstration from the Juneau Roller Girls and Climbing wall activities. Stay tuned for more information on Play Day events and locations.

Suicide Prevention in College: A Valuable Resource Guide on Emergency Assistance, Warning Signs & Prevention of Suicide in College Students

Suicide is a complex public health issue with several causes, including psychiatric illnesses that may have not been recognized or treated. Substance abuse and mental disorders account for approximately 90 percent of those who have died by suicide, but these illnesses are treatable and people suffering from them do get better. Many treatment options are available, and there have been several recent advances in treating and understanding suicide. This guide was designed to offer hope and help for those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, as well as the friends and family who want so badly to help them. Read More…

Crisis Text Line takes suicide prevention into the age of texting

The hardest part for Lily Rayne was feeling alone.

Rayne is deaf and didn’t grow up with sign language. When she had suicidal thoughts, she couldn’t communicate or sign with a trained professional or a therapist. Nor could she pick up a phone to call a crisis hotline.

She eventually found help online by learning about cognitive behavioral therapy, but not before she had come dangerously close to taking her own life. Years later, she ran across a service that would have eased her sense of isolation in those dark hours: Crisis Text Line, which has brought the 1-800 support line into the age of texting. Read More…

Survey, conference aims to help Juneau residents find causes of disease, illness

A negative experience as a child can have a big impact on a person’s health, and the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition wants to begin figuring how those experiences are affecting the people of Juneau — and spreading the word about the link in the first place.
“The ACEs study seems to be well-known within specific communities (like behavioral health) but broadly, in the community, it’s not well known,” said Hilary Young, Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator for Juneau Youth Services and JSPC.[..]
Many people may not have even spoken about negative experiences they had early on in life — but healing can start even just with the survey, said coalition member and retired state health planner and epidemiologist Alice Rarig.
“We find that just bringing it up, just showing that you care whether (a person has had) these experiences begins the recovery process,” Rarig said. “It helps people to acknowledge what they’ve been through. Sometimes they’ve never acknowledged it at all.” […]
Anyone can take the survey at It’s anonymous, though they do ask for a person’s sex and age range (they’d like to get a range of people representative of the community.) It’ll be available until the end of May, Young said. Read More…