Alaska’s suicide rate is more than twice the national average. That number is even higher in rural areas.
To help Alaskans access the resources needed to combat this epidemic, GCI partnered with the Alaska Community Foundation to establish the GCI Suicide Prevention Fund in 2017. The GCI Suicide Prevention Fund supports projects and organizations whose goal is to reduce the rates of suicide in Alaska and promote mental wellness through strengthened community and personal connections.
2018 Suicide Prevention Fund Grant Recipients
With the help of ACF, GCI awarded grants to the following 10 recipients this year:
AK Child & Family - Youth Suicide Prevention through Mental Wellness
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) - Native Ways of Knowing Craft Group
Covenant House and Southcentral Foundation - Building the Denaa Yeets' program
Juneau Youth Services - Sources of Strength
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District – Sources of Strength
Native Village of Paimiut – Beauty from Ashes workshop
Native Village of Tununak - Tununak Suicide Prevention Project
Perseverance Theatre - Touring Production of "The Winter Bear" (Kenai and Anchorage)
Wellspring Revival Ministries – Sources of Strength (Fairbanks)
GCI Suicide Prevention: Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
With support from the GCI Suicide Prevention Fund, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District launched an initiative to raise student awareness about suicide prevention strategies through “Sources of Strength,” the nationally-recognized youth suicide prevention program.