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A woman with brown curly hair and a grey sweater sits at a table in a school counselor office with a high school student who is wearing a black hoodie and a glasses.

An alternative high school in Anchorage is focusing on mental health to help students graduate

Karen Hobart said her main goal as a school counselor is to help kids graduate, and that means looking at a lot more than just their grades or the number of credits they’ve earned. She also connects them to resources like food, safe transportation, or different types of mental health care. 
a person sits in a makeshift studio next to a mic in a bedroom

Recovering out loud: How one Alaskan created a podcast to support his sobriety and help others too

Through podcasting, music and story sharing, Ralph Sara is working to make people see that recovery from addiction is possible.
An Alaska Native woman stitches some pieces of leather

IñuPiphany aims to teach Alaska Native women craft skills in Anchorage — and help beat addiction

Helen Lane says the space’s twin purpose fills a void in Anchorage, where many Native women don’t have access to elders’ knowledge about crafts and where many struggle with drug addiction and alcoholism.
Young Black man smiles slightly while standing next to a blue sign that reads "Benny Benson Alternative High School Congratulations Graduates Class of 2022."

How to help people understand the complexity of mental health

An Anchorage teenager made major shifts in his approach to life and is about to graduate high school. He never saw a therapist, never thought about mental health. But mental health is tied to all of it.
A street view of people walking and biking in front of a red general store.

SPECIAL Talk of Alaska: Talkeetna community members discuss social isolation

The pandemic brought on a level of loneliness that many of us haven’t encountered before. Even two years in, we’re just beginning to understand how our communities and relationships have been affected.

People harm themselves to cope with big emotions. You can help them heal.

Self-harm is a coping mechanism and a call for help. It can also be extremely hard to talk about.
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At this mental health drop-in center in Fairbanks, members say ‘you can just be you’

The Northern Hope Center is a free, member-driven drop-in center for adults with serious mental illnesses that gives people a social safety net free from judgment.
two staff from CITC lead a class on suicide intervention

Talk of Alaska: Crisis Now and mental health resources

When you're in the middle of a mental health crisis you need help immediately but options are often limited and inappropriate. Organizations around Alaska are working to change that and connect people with the support they need.
A group of people pose for a photo outside.

A new crisis team in Fairbanks is responding to mental health calls and freeing up other emergency resources

The city’s Mobile Crisis Team started two months ago and is bringing mental health services directly to people in crisis.
A woman with blonde hair in a black sweatshirt.

‘So much hope’: Alaskans say peer support can make recovery possible

Peer mentors can now receive certification in Alaska to provide support for people in recovery from substance use and mental health issues.
A woman calls up into the air as she beats a drum in front of a mountain town

How learning an Indigenous language leads to healing

During the pandemic, some Indigenous language learning groups saw a boost in enrollment.
two staff from CITC lead a class on suicide intervention as a student takes notes

Thousands of Alaskans are considering suicide. You can learn to help them choose life.

Thousands of Alaskans seriously consider suicide every year. Learning to talk directly about it can help people intervene and stop someone from trying.

Eating disorders are on the rise in Alaska, but local resources are scarce

The number of Americans with eating disorders has skyrocketed during the pandemic. Alaska does not have enough resources to help them.

New mobile prototype kills virus with heat to extend the life of critical gear

A medical group in Anchorage wants to make sure it has surge capacity if there are shortages in essential equipment like masks. So they built a large, anti-viral sauna in a trailer.

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