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October - Observance Month

Domestic Violence and Depression Awareness Month

October 2019

October is nationally recognized for many event causes – Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention and Depression Education Awareness is one of them.  It is a special time to celebrate survivors, honor those who have passed on, raise awareness, and stand with one another in our commitment to preventing violent partner relationships across Alaska.

Safety Hotlines – Immediate Intervention

  • Alaska’s CARELINE — 877-266-4357 
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    800-799-7233  *** 800-787-3224 TTY
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline
    800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • For a listing of all local victim services 24/7 hotlines  [>>>  CLICK HERE <<<] 
  • For immediate response call 911

DV Resources

Alaska Department of Public Safety
Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Home

  • (907) 269-5511

Phone numbers and crisis lines for services in your area
Provided by the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA)

Depression Awareness Month

Millions of youths and adults in the U.S. struggle with depression.  It can be exhausting, and trying to find the strength to cope is difficult.  Depression is a hidden disease and sometimes it’s difficult to know when others are suffering. That is why, October is seen as National Depression Education Awareness month. This important month is to promote awareness, help start a dialogue in discussing the signs, symptoms, and have a chance to seek treatment options.  It is a time to reach out and initiate change.  Seeking help — either from a counselor, a trusted friend, or your community is one step towards hope and strength with managing depression.



What is SAD?

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is affected by changes in seasons.  Many people in Alaska with SAD start feeling the symptoms in the fall and continue into the winter months.  Typically, one will experience moodiness and sapping of energy. 

Treatments for SAD may include:

  • Light therapy (happy phototherapy light)
  • Medications – talk to a profession
  • Increased Vitamin D dosages
  • Psychotherapy

Crisis Lines

If in immediate danger call 911


Careline Crisis Intervention


Runaway & Homelessness

Covenant House of Alaska

Family Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Sexual Violence

STAR (Standing Together Against Rape)

AWAIC (Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis)  

Child Abuse

Alaska Office of Children’s Services

Child Help USA National Child Abuse Hotline

LGBT or Questioning

The Trevor Project

Disaster Services

American Red Cross of Alaska

Alaska 211

Alaska State Troopers


State and local resources

Alaska Celebrating Sobriety Awareness Month

March Is Sobriety Awareness Month

Alaskans have designated March as “Sobriety Awareness Month” to celebrate and help bring attention of living clean from drug addiction and/or alcoholism. 

Here are some success stories of people in recovery [courtesy of Recover Alaska]:

I graduated from my first intensive inpatient treatment on November 4, 2015. I was addicted and had lost everything in my life. Lost my husband, my kids, and my job. Most of all, I lost all self-respect. I was in such a deep hole for so many years, so many undealt issues that brought me to use.

I almost drove off a bluff and killed myself but a friend prayed for me before I drove off and my truck completely shut off. I am so thankful for her. Had it not been for her, I wouldn’t be here today.

I came back to my community in Barrow, Alaska to help my people back into recovery. I love who I’ve become today and have worked very hard to get where I am. I created a page called AB0VE THE INFLUENCE AK that has over 900 members today. The page was created to bring awareness, healing, and encouragement. I choose to live AB0VE THE INFLUENCE today and everyday that God keeps me on this earth. I just wanted to share a little bit about my story.

My new life started 8 months ago. That is the day I gave up drinking alcohol and started my journey to recovery. After years of addiction, I landed in the Emergency Room after drinking way too much and unfortunately, this was not my first alcohol-related trip to the ER. The look of concern and fear on my son’s face as doctors worked to get me back to health sparked a call to action for me. I knew at that very moment, I could no longer put my family through this chaos anymore. I have not had a drink since.

I wish I could say it has been easy. The decision to stop is one thing but the reality is, I am still an addict craving alcohol and I have had to fight daily to overcome the cravings. I do it because I have no desire to go back to my old life. It was an awful way to live and even more awful to know that the people closest to me had no trust in me. I used to tell myself I was only hurting myself but that was a lie and I knew it. My husband and children were being impacted in big ways. I had lost several jobs and could no longer hide my addiction. It feels so amazing to live a life with no more secrets and shame.

My new life without alcohol is awesome and to see how happy it makes my family watch me live a sober life is perhaps the best part! I now own a successful business and have a truly meaningful quality of life. I broke the cycle of addiction in my family and have high hopes it ends with me.

Both of my parents struggled with addiction and looking back now, I realize alcohol impacted my life in ways I never considered. My hope is that others consumed in the cycle of addiction know there is a way out, there is help and that a better life is possible. There are several forms of support and several ways to stay on your recovery journey, don’t stop searching and trying.

I admitted myself to Rain Forest May 2, 2013 treatment was a amazing experience to jump start and learn a new way of life I have yet to relapse and by the grace of God i get to celebrate 5 years of clean and sober time.  As my journey started here I am very grateful and thank you rain forest recovery.  I hope one day I can come back to visit and be at some of the meetings where it all started.

My name is Alicia. It’s been over 4 years since I quit.  It was not an easy process but with the help of my dreams of flying and starting paragliding first then later hang gliding, I am still sober. I am Native Alaskan. Sometimes it takes achieving your dreams to make things happen. I still fight the urge but with each passing day it gets easier. Free flight has been my help to recovery.

Mission:  Whether you’re looking for support for yourself or a loved one, you are not alone.  We are here to help as you navigate the path to recovery.

Recovery is a different path for everyone.

The decision to seek a sober life is not an easy one.  For many, it will be one of the most difficult journeys of their life.  There are numerous resources available to you that can help make the process easier. To find out more about what options you can take advantage of, contact a dedicated treatment professional today!

Treatment Centers in Alaska

Prevention Guides & Data

You are not alone on this path and an Alaska 2-1-1 Information and Referral Specialist is always just a phone call away.

Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221.


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This project was supported by Award No. 2016-TY-FX-K001 awarded to the Rural Community Action Program Alaska Native Youth Training and Technical Assistance Project, by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs.

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