Suicide, Mental Health and Related Issues in Alaska Native and American Indian Populations
for Rural Health
The Alaska Center for Rural Health is a private, non-profit
corporation housed within the Institute for Circumpolar Health
Studies. Provides information, coordination, technical assistance
and professional development to health providers and systems
Federation of Natives
Health & Sobriety / Wellness
The mission of AFN is to enhance and promote the cultural, economic
and political voice of the entire Alaska Native community. AFN's
major goals include those to: Foster and encourage preservation
of Alaska Native cultures and promote and advocate for programs
and systems which instill pride and confidence in individual
Alaska Health Education
The Alaska Health Education Consortium is a statewide organization
comprised of persons interested in promoting health and preventing
disease and premature death in Alaska through education and
prevention efforts. It serves as a forum for professional networking
in health education and prevention, provides opportunities for
continuing education for members, provides leadership for the
advancement of health education and prevention efforts in Alaska.
A resource for compiling and exchanging information related
to Alaska Native knowledge systems and ways of knowing sponsored
by Alaska Federation of Natives; University of Alaska; National
Science Foundation; and Alaska Department of Education. It has
been established to assist Native people, government agencies,
educators and the general public in gaining access to the knowledge
base that Alaska Natives have acquired through cumulative experience
Alaska Native Health Board
The Alaska Native Health Board (ANHB), established in 1968,
is recognized as the statewide voice on Alaska Native health
issues. The purpose of the Alaska Native Health Board is to
promote the spiritual, physical, mental, social, and cultural
well-being and pride of Alaska Native people.
Indian and Alaska Native Health: Current Bibliographies in Medicine
National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine
Bibliography of 2050 medicine-related citations, January 1990
through September 1996. Section on mental health and mental
disorders includes references on suicide among Alaska Natives.
National Library of Medicine: Behavioral Health Issues
The Arctic Health web site is sponsored by the National Library
of Medicine's Division of Specialized Information Services.
Its aim is to provide a central source of information on diverse
aspects of the Arctic environment and the health of Northern
peoples. Links are provided to major web resources on Arctic
health and environment, both in general and by specific subject,
and current articles are retrievable from the National Library
of Medicine's PubMed database.
Center for Alcohol
and Addiction Studies
The CAAS mission is to help reduce substance abuse in the state
of Alaska through education, research, and public service activities.
CAASs research activities are directed at actively stimulating
and coordinating interdisciplinary and collaborative studies,
and promoting scientific interchanges of alcohol- and drug-related
The Circles of Care project vision is to provide comprehensive,
culturally appropriate mental health services to Alaska Native
children dealing with serious emotional disturbances (SED) by
encircling them with full support and access to necessary resources.
One of the first tasks will be to redefine SED in terms that
are more meaningful to Alaska Native peoples; such as 'children
and families in trauma' , 'children with severe problems', or
'children with wounded spirit'. We will be serving Fairbanks
and up to 33 interior Athabascan villages.
Indian Country Today
Since 1981, Indian Country Today has been a persuasive voice
in Native American journalism, leading the way with definitive
reporting, incisive analysis and pointed commentary. Type “suicide”
or “suicide prevention” in the Search engine for
Circumpolar Health Studies
The mission of ICHS is to improve the health of peoples of Alaska
and other circumpolar areas through instruction, information
services, and basic and applied research in health and medicine.
Within the University of Alaska, the Institute provides support
and coordination for health research, information, and training.
ICHS research agenda includes epidemiologic studies of population
health problems, studies of health services need, access and
utilization, and evaluation of health policy and the effectiveness
of new programs.
for American Indian and Alaska Mental Health Research
The National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental
Health Research (NCAIANMHR), a program in the Department of
Psychiatry, is one of four minority mental health research Centers.
The NCAIANMHR is sponsored by the National Institute of Mental
Health and is the only program of this type in the country focusing
specifically on American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
Peer Outreach Program
(no web site)
The Peer Outreach Program acts as a walking referral, informing
youth of the Anchorage Bowl community about the various agencies
and resources available to them. We conduct "street outreach"
at locations where youth gather such as malls, transit centers,
recreation centers and parks. Peer Outreach also conducts educational
and risk reduction groups at local agencies in Anchorage. We
encourage all youth to call us regarding their questions about
referrals. Every Tuesday at the downtown transit center at 6th
Ave & H street, in collaboration with the municipal public
health nurses we provide HIV & STD testing, pregnancy tests,
pelvic exams, and birth control methods to teenagers free of
charge from 2:30 - 5:30pm.
Native American Indians (and Mental Health Services)
Based in Canada, Visions is a "Centre of Innovation"
committed to developing and communicating a deeper understanding
of Aboriginal population health. Aboriginal identity, traditions,
culture and relationship patterns are integrated in the delivery
of the Visions mandate. Website is searchable includes information
on health promotions, communications, activities and events,
Prevention Education Program
Minority Groups: Native American/Alaska Native
Site offers brief summary information on suicide among Native