Our History

About Careline
Careline’s vision is a state free from suicide.
  • Careline provides crisis intervention for individuals considering suicide or experiencing crisis, isolation, or depression.
  • Careline supports survivors of a suicide attempt or loss to suicide by providing crisis intervention, education, and referral.
Careline Crisis Services, Inc., commonly referred to as the Alaska Careline, started out in the 1980s as a regional crisis line staffed by volunteers in Fairbanks. Through tireless support and advocacy from those pioneer volunteers and steadfast leadership, Careline has grown considerably.
In 2004, Careline was afforded the opportunity to develop a statewide, toll-free, number through the generous support of one of their tribal partners, this was an opportunity that was earlier accepted as their vision expanded to providing support and safety beyond Fairbanks.
Eager to expand its reach, the Alaska Careline was also one of the first call centers in the country to join the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in 2005, which is now known as the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
The Careline operated with a fiscal agent from 2001 until 2022 when it stepped out as its own non-profit organization. Today, the Careline has transformed from a grassroots community crisis line to a widely utilized statewide resource, available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Staffed by a passionate and diverse team, Careline has a mission of enhancing safety and connectedness for other Alaskans. At its simplest, we are Alaskans helping other Alaskans.