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Children will thrive when they receive guidance, hope, and love from an adult mentor. A trusting and optimistic relationship with parents/guardians, elders and community volunteers can have a profound effect on the success of a child’s life, including personal growth and development, avoidance of risky behaviors, and increased educational success.
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Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it has never been more important than this year, 2020. Just a month ago, we had no idea that all our worlds were going to be turned upside down by the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic. The dramatic life changes from our usual daily routines to quarantine life hit us very hard leaving everyone consumed with worry, isolation, panic, loneliness, and anxiety.
For this month, we welcome everyone to join in raising awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues. Continue to help reduce the stigma so many experience by spreading the word, taking advantage of the resources, toolkit materials, and conducting virtual awareness activities throughout May.
Resources – Helping Young Alaskans Succeed
The Resource Basket is not a direct service provider. We are here to provide helpful links to connect parents, families, caregivers and the community at large with the resources needed to protect Alaska Native youth and strengthen Alaska’s tribal communities.
Culturally Relevant – Evidence Based Research on Suicide Prevention
Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide (PC CARES) is a community health intervention designed, supported, and implemented by the remote communities of Northwest Alaska. PC CARES builds communities of practice among local and regional service providers, community members, friends, and families to spark multilevel and sustained efforts for suicide prevention. In this model, monthly learning circles supported by local facilitators foster personal and collective learning about suicide prevention in order to spur practical action on multiple levels to prevent suicide and promote health.
Safety Hotlines – Immediate Intervention
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Transforming Tribal Communities
Help break the cycle of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse in a relationship before they become adults.
Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA)
To be a collective voice for victims and survivors and to support those agencies and communities working to prevent and eliminate domestic and sexual violence.
The Yup’ik Women’s Coalition
The Yup’ik Women’s Coalition (YWC) strives to promote safety of women through education and advocacy. The YWC is committed to organize community efforts to end violence against women and children within Yup’ik villages through strengthening the traditional Yup’ik beliefs and teachings that have guided our people for thousands of years. The YWC is dedicated to the safety of women and believe in all the rights of all people to live without fear, threat, violence and oppression.
To end violence and oppression
The safety card and its poster, with card pockets, are for teens. Created in partnership with Alaska teens. The getting together teen safety card reads like a magazine quiz. Assess relationships for healthy and abusive behavior, and learn how to help a friend.
Other Publications and Resources
End sexual violence and oppression
Find resources and directory of shelters across Alaska:
Sobriety and COVID-19: Coronavirus brings heightened challenge to those in recovery
Reducing delinquency by supporting Alaska Native communities
Celebrating the Goodness of Hooper Bay
OUR VISION: Alaskans live free from the consequences of alcohol misuse, so we are empowered to achieve our full potential.
ADVOCACY: Shape legislation and policies that help to reduce alcohol abuse and build constituencies for change.
Alaska Center for FASD
The Alaska Center for FASD was founded in April of 2017 by a group that includes those who have family members with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) and professionals who work with children and adults with FASDs. The organization is currently growing and working to determine the focus of its mission and activities.
Icelandic Model for Preventing Adolescent Substance use
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning disabilities with lifelong implications.
In an effort to have a tobacco-free Alaska, RurAL CAP staff support a statewide youth advocacy coalition called the Youth Encouraging Alaskans’ Health (YEAH) Teen Ambassadors. This group of youth leaders from across the state meet regularly using teleconferences, emails and social media to develop their work around tobacco prevention and advocacy at the local and statewide levels. Research has shown that engaging young people in tobacco control issues is a strategy in changing social norms and preventing the initiation of tobacco use.
Prevention of childhood abuse and neglect
Major Alaskan organizations
Alaska LGBT or Questioning
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