Suicide Awareness, Prevention, & Postvention

"Suicide Prevention Is Everyone's Business"

Suicide is a tragic and preventable loss for families and communities. This website is designed to help Alaskans promote a culture that restores hope, encourages distressed people to seek help, and builds resilience and connectedness among families and communities.

Alaskans do not need to feel hopeless and suffer in silence. All of us can play a role in preventing suicide. Learn what you can do.

State Requirements

Staff Suicide Awareness & Prevention Trainings

Warning Signs

There are some warning signs that someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater when these behaviors are new or increased. The risk for suicide is also greater if the following behavior(s) is linked to a painful or stressful event, loss or change.

  • Talking about wanting to die or committing suicide
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or purchasing a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped Careline Crisis Intervention
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing use of drugs or alcohol
  • Acting anxious or agitated
  • Behaving recklessly
  • Change in sleeping habits - too much sleep or too little sleep
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about revenge
  • Extreme mood swings

Looking for Help?

If you are feeling down or are looking for help for yourself or others, please talk to someone. Here are some resources:

Available Resources

Student Screening Tools & Curriculum

Alaska Resources

National Resources

Alaska Links

National Links

Other State Websites

Upcoming Events

Contact Information

Department of Education & Early Development
ATTN: Sharon Fishel
801 W. 10th Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 110500
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500
Telephone (907) 465-6523
Confidential Fax: (907) 465 -2713
sharon.fishel@alaska.gov