Preventing Youth Suicide in Alaska: There’s Hope, There’s Help | Alaska Insight Special

Alaska Public Media and Well Beings team up for a community conversation about preventing youth suicide in a state with one of the highest per-capita rates in the nation. Healing from the contributing factors facing young Alaskans is strengthened by attention. Focusing on innovations, insights and deep listening to those who have struggled with and offer support for mental wellness, this interactive event offers hope and help.

The event is hosted by Lori Townsend, News Director at Alaska Public Media and feature panelists, including: Kelvin Pace, Licensed Professional Counselor and Owner at KpaceCounseling, LLC

Claire Rhyneer, Senior at West High and participant in Mental Health Advocacy Through Storytelling

Justin Pendergrass, Suicide Prevention Specialist at My House Mat-Su Homeless Center

Cynthia Erickson, Founder at My Grandma’s House in Tanana

This Alaska Insight special was originally released digitally as a live virtual event and can be seen in full here: https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/11/06/well-beings-alaska/

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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.