The Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition is committed to reducing the loss and suffering caused by suicide and suicidal behavior in Juneau. The Coalition offers information and education about issues relating to suicide, as well as support to families and community members who have lost loved ones to suicide. It is our hope that through our efforts we can lessen the incidence of suicide and the stigma associated with suicide and suicide loss.
We want to create a community where all individuals have a sense of belonging, connectedness to others, and value their lives.
JSPC’s model for suicide prevention has four layers.
At the family level, suicide prevention is:
Meeting basic needs (food, water, shelter, safety)
Ensuring healthy attachment and positive childhood experiences
At the community level, suicide prevention is:
Understanding risk factors and warning signs of suicide
The freedom for individuals to express themselves openly
Knowledge of local resources
Robust peer support
At the institutional level, suicide prevention is:
Have staff trained in warning signs and risk factors
Programs to promote resiliency
Screen for risk, as necessary
Establish process for referrals to behavioral health providers
Behavioral Health Providers
At the behavioral health level, suicide prevention is:
Fast and easy intake and assessment
Informed clinical staff
Proper clinical pathways for individuals at elevated suicide risk
Responsive crisis services