November 23 2010As Native American Heritage Month (November) comes to an end and we enter the holiday season, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Behavioral Health Prevention program and the “1 is 2 Many” regional suicide prevention task force for Southeast Alaska would like to remind people that help is available for those who are stressed out and in need of care. Suicide is a major concern for Alaska Natives and Native Americans, especially since suicide takes a disproportionately heavier toll on Indian Country than it does on the rest of the United States. The “1 is 2 Many” suicide prevention task force for Southeast Alaska was started in January 2010 to develop a regional suicide prevention plan that representatives could take back to the local communities. The task force features representatives from schools, health organizations, law enforcement, the U.S. Coast Guard, clergy, tribal leaders and other community leaders from throughout the region. The task force is funded through a grant managed by the SEARHC Behavioral Health Prevention program, which also offers the SEARHC Help Line for use by all Southeast Alaska residents. Tléil Ayeelaxàajeekl (Don’t despair). If you are stressed out and need help, if you’re in a crisis, or if you just need to talk with somebody, please call the 24-hour/7-day, toll-free SEARHC Help Line at 1-877-294-0074 to talk to a licensed, professional counselor. Our mission is to save lives. The SEARHC Help Line is offered as a free resource to complement the care provided at SEARHC Behavioral Health clinics.