ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska's suicide rate is double the rate for the rest of the country. A new five-year plan rolled out today by Alaska’s Statewide Suicide Prevention Council says that "Preventing Suicide is every Alaskans Responsibility." It's all part of an effort to help lower suicide numbers in The Last Frontier.
The latest national numbers from the latest CDC data on suicide shows that in 2015 there 12.6 suicides per 100,000 in the United States. But according to Alaska Statewide Suicide Prevention Council, Alaska suffered just over 27 suicides per 100,000 people. According to Careline, Alaska’s Statewide Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention hotline, more than 15,323 calls were made in 2016. While that's a high number, 30 percent of Alaskans polled by the ASSPC don't know how to access that resource.
The Alaska Careline can be reached any time at 1-877-266-HELP (4357), or you can go to the Careline website. You can also text "4help" to the number 839863 between 3 and 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.