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Suicide prevention receives almost $1.5 million

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Alaska’s Division of Behavioral Health recently received a $1.44 million grant to strengthen the state’s youth suicide prevention program.

The Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant, from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will help groups statewide offer suicide prevention training and develop prevention resources for their communities, according to a press release from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

“Teaching Alaskans that suicide is preventable and giving them the tools to help be part of the solution is crucial to preventing suicide among youth in Alaska,” said Behavioral Health Division Director Melissa Stone.

The grant will allow the division’s Alaska Youth Suicide Prevention Project to educate people about suicide; train personnel to make referrals for those at risk; link youth with community mental health systems, and promote Alaska’s suicide prevention line, Careline, 1-877-266-HELP (4357), and other local, regional and statewide resources.

For information on Alaska Youth Suicide Prevention Project activities and services, visit or contact James Gallanos, project coordinator: 907-465-8536, 1-877-393-2287 toll free,

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