Suicide is Preventable

Contributed by the Mat-Su Coalition for Suicide Prevention

The Alaska Trauma Center in partnership with the Mat-Su Coalition for Suicide Prevention will be hosting the 2nd Annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Symposium in the Mat-Su Valley June 7-10 to raise awareness of this preventable cause of death in our state. While suicide is the 10th cause of death in this country, it is unfortunately the 5th leading cause of death here in Alaska and is the #1 cause in people aged 15-34 and the 2nd leading cause in ages 35-54.  

We believe suicide IS preventable with the help of each of us. Since this is a community problem, we believe that by educating as many members of the community as possible we may stem this horrific trend.  This symposium offers training on suicide prevention, intervention and post-vention with the hope that by educating a team of community members about the risk factors, along with signs and symptoms, we can raise awareness of this preventable cause of death in Alaska.  

This training is offered at no cost to attendees. These are college-level courses and provide Continuing Education credit to professionals attending, and are open to the public as well, anyone wishing to learn more about suicide prevention in Alaska.  Those wishing to help us fund this symposium are urged to visit www.gofundme.com/https-aktrauma.  Fully funded, we will be able to provide training for 100 members of the Alaskan community who will, in turn, be able to share this information with others in Alaska.

For more information or to register for this symposium, please email secretary-symposium@gmail.com.