Suicide prevention council releases report

Mar 21, 2013 -- 10:05am


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Statewide Suicide Prevention Council has released a new report that details strides made in several areas including outreach. The council says the document is the first annual progress report on a five-year suicide prevention action plan. According to the report, more than 1,800 Alaskans were trained in suicide prevention last year. The report also says calls to the state's suicide prevention line increased 35 percent over a two-year period ending last year. It says that's an indication of Alaskans reaching out, as well as increased effort to publicize the resource, called Careline. The council says Alaska's overall suicide rate is twice the national average, and Alaska Natives continue to account for an even more disproportionate number. 

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