If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or just need someone to talk to, call the Careline at 1-877-266-HELP (4357). Calls are free, confidential, and geared towards intervention & supporting you through alternative paths. The Careline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you want to talk to someone in Alaska, you can find a local hotline here. You may also reach out to the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ranking in at #45 in the United States for mental healthcare, Alaska’s Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) aims to resolve major concerns surrounding both substance abuse and mental health care, including but not limited to: suicide prevention, 24/7 emergency behavioral health response, and increased access to treatment and mental health counselors. Through increasing awareness, easing access to therapists, psychologists, and school counselors, and developing the psychiatric workforce, the DBH is armed with the initiatives necessary to increase prevention of mental health illness and substance abuse, and to make counseling treatment more accessible for all Alaskans. You can find more information on current initiatives and resources, and access the Alaska Division of Behavioral Health’s site here.
Opioid Crisis in Alaska
DBH has developed opioid treatment programs available to any Alaskan that suffers from substance abuse. DBH has allocated $12 million to make treatments more accessible. This has made it more feasible for those suffering through substance abuse to also connect with licensed counselors and therapists, to help them map out their treatment plan, and support them on their road to recovery.
The Advisory Board on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse (ABADA) and the Alaska Mental Health Board (AMHB) are responsible for providing accessible resources to all Alaskans who wish to lead healthy and productive lives. You can learn more about these agencies here, and check out their resources here.
If you are LGBTQ+ and you need support, contact The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386.
The National Alliance for Mental Illness, or NAMI, is open to anyone struggling with mental illness. NAMI is an inclusive and community-based resource geared towards raising awareness and supporting group members on their journey to recovery. With group counseling sessions led by a trained member with a diagnosis (past or present), meetings follow a set of 12 principles for support. NAMI meetings are meant to complement your existing treatment plan with your counselor or psychologist. There are many chapters of NAMI that meet in Alaska. Find yours here.
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