Hometown, Alaska: Discussing mental health awareness and suicide prevention

The stigmas and statistics of mental health awareness are important issues for Alaskans, especially as it relates to suicide prevention. On this episode of Hometown, Alaska host Justin Williams leads a conversation about how to discuss mental health and suicide prevention with Blaze Bell of Standing Together Against Rape and Recover Alaska as well as Shana Cooper of the Alaska Native Justice Center. They share their professional insight and personal experiences to explain how to approach these issues and share what resources are out there.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health or having thoughts of self-harm or suicide dial 988 to reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline for free, confidential support.

HOST: Justin Williams

Shana Cooper, Alaska Native Justice Center
Blaze Bell, S.T.A.R., Recover Alaska

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Suicide prevention resources
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
AK Division of Behavioral Health treatment and recovery resources

Justin Ezell Williams was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. A graduate of both art and sociology from the University of Alaska Anchorage, he is a father, cinephile; visual artist, podcast host and producer, as well as a musician.

He currently serves his community as a local influencer as a popular food reviewer, showcasing the best cuisine the state has to offer while studying the economy and anthropology of the local food industry.

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