Here are some options:
Read the plan:
Read Alaska’s statewide suicide prevention plan. It lists action steps that individuals, groups and communities can take to prevent suicide.
Take a class! One popular option on the list is to take a class on how to recognize warning signs, reach out, and connect someone to help. StopSuicideAlaska.org has a statewide training schedule; many classes are for the general public.
Be ready to respond:
Postvention is a term for all the things individuals and communities can do to be ready to respond quickly and comprehensively in case of a suicide. The preparation helps community members heal, and lowers the risk of more suicides. See pages 10 & 11 of Alaska’s postvention guide for “Before” and “After” basics.
Learn to talk about suicide safely:
Talking about suicide safely can help prevent suicide; talking about it in an un-safe way can increase the risk of suicide. Page 12 of the postvention guide has tips on talking about suicide safely. There are also sections for parents on talking to children about suicide (page 41), people who speak at memorial services (clergy or laypeople), and more.
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