Tag: destigmatizing mental health
Alaska volunteers want to know: What happened to the ‘Lost Alaskans’ sent to this Portland mental hospital?
At least 3,500 Alaskans believed to be mentally ill were sent to Oregon's Morningside Hospital, many of them Alaska Natives. Many of their families never saw them again.
Anchorage child psychiatric hospital scrutinized in federal inspectors’ investigation
Advocates for North Star's patients have asked whether the hospitals are meeting their obligation to protect and treat those children, many of them placed there by the state.
Line One: Mental Health Mosaics – Houselessness and crisis response
During the third installment of Mental Health Mosaics on Line One, we learn about the intersections of houselessness and mental health through the stories of two individuals.
Line One: Mental Health Mosaics — Racism and mental health
On the second installment of Out North's Mental Health Mosaics, we hear from community members about the ways that racism and discrimination affect mental health.
Line One: Mental Health Mosaics — Breaking the silence
Breaking the silence around mental health concerns can be hard. On this a special presentation of Mental Health Mosaics, a production of Out North, Anchorage residents open up about their experiences.
Line One: Accessibility and dimensions of elderly support
Alaska’s elderly population is growing at a rapid rate while facing a range of challenges that can be distressing, and physically impairing.
For 13 years she’s cared for her husband who has memory loss. Now she’s looking for help.
The number of Alaskans with memory loss is set to nearly double by 2030. Resources to help are limited, but navigators help caregivers find them.
Talk of Alaska: Alternative justice in Alaska’s therapeutic courts
Many people who are involved with the criminal justice system have mental health issues, substance use disorders, or both. Instead of going to prison, some people choose to participate in the Alaska Therapeutic Court System where a team of people helps them heal.
An Anchorage mosaic highlights the importance of mental wellbeing
Talking about mental health is hard, but it’s important for anyone who is struggling to know that they’re not alone. Alaska Public Media’s Adam Nicely brings us this story of an Anchorage community project with that goal, called Mental Health Mosaics.
An alternative high school in Anchorage is focusing on mental health to help students graduate
Karen Hobart said her main goal as a school counselor is to help kids graduate, and that means looking at a lot more than just their grades or the number of credits they’ve earned. She also connects them to resources like food, safe transportation, or different types of mental health care.
IñuPiphany aims to teach Alaska Native women craft skills in Anchorage — and help beat addiction
Helen Lane says the space’s twin purpose fills a void in Anchorage, where many Native women don’t have access to elders’ knowledge about crafts and where many struggle with drug addiction and alcoholism.
How to help people understand the complexity of mental health
An Anchorage teenager made major shifts in his approach to life and is about to graduate high school. He never saw a therapist, never thought about mental health. But mental health is tied to all of it.
SPECIAL Talk of Alaska: Talkeetna community members discuss social isolation
The pandemic brought on a level of loneliness that many of us haven’t encountered before. Even two years in, we’re just beginning to understand how our communities and relationships have been affected.
People harm themselves to cope with big emotions. You can help them heal.
Self-harm is a coping mechanism and a call for help. It can also be extremely hard to talk about.
At this mental health drop-in center in Fairbanks, members say ‘you can just be you’
The Northern Hope Center is a free, member-driven drop-in center for adults with serious mental illnesses that gives people a social safety net free from judgment.
Talk of Alaska: Crisis Now and mental health resources
When you're in the middle of a mental health crisis you need help immediately but options are often limited and inappropriate. Organizations around Alaska are working to change that and connect people with the support they need.
A new crisis team in Fairbanks is responding to mental health calls and freeing up other emergency resources
The city’s Mobile Crisis Team started two months ago and is bringing mental health services directly to people in crisis.
‘So much hope’: Alaskans say peer support can make recovery possible
Peer mentors can now receive certification in Alaska to provide support for people in recovery from substance use and mental health issues.
How learning an Indigenous language leads to healing
During the pandemic, some Indigenous language learning groups saw a boost in enrollment.
Thousands of Alaskans are considering suicide. You can learn to help them choose life.
Thousands of Alaskans seriously consider suicide every year. Learning to talk directly about it can help people intervene and stop someone from trying.
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