State Seeks Comments on Updated Suicide Prevention Plan

The statewide suicide prevention council has updated the plan for suicide prevention and is currently seeking public comment on it. The revision is entitled-Casting the Net Upstream: Promoting Wellness to Prevent Suicide in Alaska. Kate Burkhart is the executive director of the suicide prevention council, she says the 5 year plan had extensive input from Alaskans who normally don’t get consulted. VPSOs, clergy and numerous focus groups with youth. Burkhart says many of the young people shared a simple request; spend time with us.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.