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bb Goals and Responsibilities

Goals and responsibilities established by AS 44.29.350

The goals of the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council were initially outlined in the enacting legislation, SB 198.

They are to:

  • Improve health and wellness throughout the state by reducing suicide and its effects on individuals, families and communities;

  • Broaden Alaskans’ awareness of suicide and the role of risk and protective factors in suicide;

  • Enhance Alaska’s suicide prevention services and programs;

  • Develop healthy communities through comprehensive, collaborative, community-based and faith-based approaches implemented at the community level and supported by regional, state, and federal resources;

  • Develop and implement a statewide suicide prevention plan; and

  • Strengthen existing and build new partnerships between public and private entities that will advance suicide prevention efforts in the state.