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2024 Alaska Suicide Prevention Conference:
Messages of Healing, Support, and Resilience

MAY 1-2, 2024 | Anchorage, AK

2024 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Kris Green

Person with Lived Experience
Krysalis

Dr. Adam Grove

President
Alaska Brain Injury Consortium

Jenny Baker

Adolescent Health Program Coordinator
Youth Alliance for a Healthier Alaska

AGENDA

Day 1 – Wednesday, May 1, 2024

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Registration & Coffee (In Person Only)
8:30 am – 8:35 am
Welcome Remarks & Conference Blessing
8:35 am – 8:45 am
Welcome from Lt. Governor Nancy Dahlstrom
8:45 am – 9:15 am

Welcome Remarks
Commissioner’s Office Dept of Health
Commissioner’s Office Family & Community Services
ANTHC
Alaska Mental Health Trust
DEED

9:15 am – 10:00 am

My story, LIVING with Loss
Kris Green, Krysalis

10:00 am – 10:10 am

Break

10:10 am – 11:10 am
Concurrent sessions (3 tracks)

Youth Track

What is Sources of Strength

Speakers:

Dixie St. John
Lily Taliesin
Gage Van Vleet
Mia Settlemyer
Emilie Hollister

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Suicide Prevention in Alaska’s Military

Speakers:

James Morton
Elizabeth Mangini

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Gatekeeper Training with Sister Sky

Speakers:

Karen Tenorio
Vickie LaFromboise

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11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Concurrent sessions (3 tracks)

Youth Track

Cultivating a Culture of Help-Seeking: Seward’s Approach

Speaker:

Katie Cornwell

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JASPR Health Solutions

Speaker:

Linda Dimeff

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Gatekeeper Training with Sister Sky Cont.

Speakers:

Karen Tenorio
Vickie LaFromboise

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12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
LUNCH (box lunch)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Concurrent sessions (3 tracks)

Youth Track

Innovation in Practice-Based Suicide Prevention: Learning Indigenous Ways

Speaker:

Jenna Larson

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Postvention program information

Speaker:

Elaine de Mello

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Intersectionality between Eating Disorders and Suicidality

Speaker:

Dr. Jenny Poon

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2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Break

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
988Create- 2024 Arts Campaign for Youth Mental Health
Speakers:
Jenny Baker, State of Alaska
Alice Kim, YAHA Member
Natalie Hannula, YAHA Member
Madison Boy, YAHA Member
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For the last two years, the Youth Alliance for a Healthier Alaska collaborated with many state partners on the development of the 988Create Arts Campaign for Youth Mental Health. Join Natalie Hannula, Alice Kim, and Madison Boy in exploring the intersections of public health, mental health, and the arts.

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Closing remarks

Day 2 – Thursday, May 2, 2024

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Registration & Coffee
8:30 am – 8:35 am
Welcome / Housekeeping
8:35 am – 8:45 am
Johari Eligan, SAMHSA welcome
8:45 am – 9:45 am

Inuit Suicide Prevention Across Inuit Nunaat
Speakers:
Mary David, Kawerak Inc
Jesse Mike, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc

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Inuit are a cultural group who have been divided by state borders in the countries of Russia, United States of America, Canada and Greenland. We call our home across these present-day countries, Nunaat. We are one people and we are experiencing many of the same crisis across our Nunaat. We are here to discuss suicide in Inuit Nunaat and the work Inuit are doing to prevent it from continuing.
9:45 am – 10:00 am

Break

10:10 am – 11:10 am
Concurrent sessions (3 tracks)

Youth Track

Unguwat program, ANTHC

Speaker:

Crystalyn Lemieux

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Suicide Prevention for Refugees: Providing Culturally Competent Support

Speakers:

Sara Shinkfield
Lilian Montoya-Noriega

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Safety Planning Training

Speaker:

Aaron Surma

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11:00 am – 11:15 am
BREAK (15 min)

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Concurrent sessions (3 tracks)

Youth Track

Harnessing Natural Supports: Building Resilience to Prevent Youth Suicide

Speakers:

Kayla Jurchak
Rachael Eliason

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Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide (PC Cares)

Speakers:

Diane McEachern
Roberta Moto

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Safety Planning Training Cont.

Speaker:

Aaron Surma

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12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

LUNCH (box lunch)

LUNCH Presentation Title: Southcentral Foundation’s Family Wellness Warriors Nu’iju Program: Interrupting Cycles of Trauma by “Returning to our True Selves”

Speaker:
Polly Andrews and Austen Rogers

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Family Wellness Warriors (FWW) provides opportunities for peer support and generational healing through learning circles, training intensives, and cultural activities. The core belief is that through Nu’iju (the Dena’ina word for “Returning to our (True) Selves”), a return to our cultural strengths, whole person healing is possible. This session seeks to educate the community on the ways Alaska Native people are leading the way and healing themselves through a peer-led and strengths-based model that utilizes Alaska Native and Native American culture as the foundation for healthy relationships, community connection, and resiliency to trauma.
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Concurrent sessions (3 tracks)

Youth Track

Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences (HOPE)

Speakers:

Anna McGovern
Eliza Posner

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Intersections of Human Trafficking and Suicidality

Speaker:

Josie Heyano

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Suicide Prevention in Peer Support

Speakers:

James Savage
Josh Engle

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2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Break

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

The Intersection of Brain Injury and Suicide – More Reason for Hope
Speaker:
Dr. Adam Grove, Alaska Brain Injury Consortium

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This presentation explores on how brain injury increases the risk for suicide and what can be done about that. We begin with the different types of brain injury, what happens to an injured brain and how people with a brain injury may present. We will describe how the injuries and results from them increase the risk for suicide and present national and state data on this intersection. We will present approaches to identify brain injuries and accommodations to increase success in suicide prevention programs for those with brain injury. We will end with a presentation from a brain injury survivor discussing how he made it through those dark days with suicidal thoughts. We will have time at the end of the presentation for questions, and further discussion.
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Closing remarks

About the conference

This joint effort by the Alaska Department of Health and the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council is an opportunity to build connections in suicide prevention work across the vast landscape of Alaska. This conference will include sessions covering the breadth of suicide prevention work including research, innovation, community-level action, postvention, youth-focused interventions, and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with suicide prevention work being done throughout Alaska and the nation, network with others in this field, and earn continuing education credits for their time. We look forward to your participation at this two-day event to help build and enhance the connections and foundation we all need to collaboratively strive towards a robust system of suicide prevention within Alaska.