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Hope and Healing: Suicide Awareness and Prevention

When things get tough, Southeast Alaskans offer each other a helping hand.

September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, and it’s so important we look out for our community members, loved ones and ourselves — no matter how hard life may seem.

Help When You Need It

Suicide is preventable when we take action to help ourselves and others.

The first step is knowing the signs that someone may be considering suicide. Then, knowing that there are resources and support services available for help can save lives. Offering these support services and checking in with those we care about are proven ways to help those who may be considering suicide.

Sometimes all it takes for hope and healing is having someone who will listen.

Do you have someone you can share your feelings with when you’re feeling down or experiencing a crisis? Or, if a loved one is feeling suicidal, will you listen and offer your support? Sharing your thoughts honestly with someone you trust can clarify what’s bothering you and help identify your feelings. Talk to someone you know who will listen, and be there for others when they need you.

If you or someone you know need someone to listen, our SEARHC Helpline is here to help. It’s normal to need help, and someone is always available when you need it. Don’t give up hope — call the Helpline and get the support you need.

The SEARHC Helpline, 877.294.0074, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to residents of Southeast Alaska. The crisis call center is staffed with a team of master’s degree level mental health therapists who will listen and provide effective, compassionate and confidential care.

If you would like to schedule a one-on-one counseling visit, contact SEARHC Behavioral Health at 907.966.8611.

If you don’t have health insurance, SEARHC’s Patient Health Benefits team is available to answer patient coverage questions. For assistance, please contact outreach@searhc.org or call toll-free, 855.966.8684.

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The SEARHC Crisis Help Line, 1.877.294.0074, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to residents of Southeast Alaska.