November 10 2010Sitka residents are invited to attend a meeting to help plan a New Year’s Eve suicide prevention event. The meeting will be at noon on Friday, Nov. 19, in the Litehouse Cafeteria conference rooms at SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. Being planned is a community outreach activity to help raise awareness about the impacts of suicide on a community. One suggestion is to host a “Hands Across The Bridge” event on New Year’s Eve to honor those people whose lives have been affected by suicide and to remember those who have been lost. The meeting is open to the general public and everyone in Sitka is invited to participate. For more information, contact SEARHC Behavioral Health/Suicide Prevention Manager Wilbur Brown at 966-8753. Also, the 24/7 toll-free SEARHC Help Line, 1-877-294-0074, is available for use by any Southeast Alaska resident who might need help working through a crisis. The SEARHC Help Line is staffed by a team of master’s-degree-level mental health therapists who will listen and provide effective, compassionate and confidential care. The SEARHC Help Line is offered as a free resource to complement the care provided at SEARHC Behavioral Health clinics.