State of Alaska
Suicide Awareness, Prevention, & Postvention

Suicide Prevention Is Everyone's Business

Suicide is a tragic and preventable loss for families and communities. This website is designed to help Alaskans promote a culture that restores hope, encourages distressed people to seek help, and builds resilience and connectedness among families and communities.

Alaskans do not need to feel hopeless and suffer in silence. All of us can play a role in preventing suicide. Learn what you can do.

Competitive Grant Opportunity

The Suicide Awareness, Prevention & Postvention (SAPP) grant provides an opportunity for schools to support programs, practices, and policies that focus on areas that are related to the State Suicide Prevention Plan Goals and Strategies. The project is designed to target funds to any public school district however; grants will only be awarded to applicants who primarily serve at risk students as demonstrated by YRBS results and suicide demographics.

Technical Assistance Opportunity

***January 29, 9:00-10:00 am

For all Applicants – Optional Technical Assistance Blackboard/Audio conference will focus on areas such as: clarifying the target audience for these funding resources, discus the eligible focus areas, application requirements, and scoring rubrics. Plans are for this call to be recorded and posted on the department website.

Call in number: 1-800-315-6338 code: 47471#

Grant Writing Purposes

Individual technical assistance will be available by telephone 907-465-6523 or email

Application Resources

Looking for Help?

If you are feeling down or are looking for help for yourself or others, please talk to someone. Here are some resources:

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State Requirements

Warning Signs

There are some warning signs that someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater when these behaviors are new or increased. The risk for suicide is also greater if the following behavior(s) is linked to a painful or stressful event, loss or change.

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  • Talking about wanting to die or committing suicide
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or purchasing a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing use of drugs or alcohol
  • Acting anxious or agitated
  • Behaving recklessly
  • Change in sleeping habits - too much sleep or too little sleep
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about revenge
  • Extreme mood swings

Available Resources