Tag: Solutions Desk mental health
Envisioning recovery and rebuilding a life in Noatak
Karen Mitchell is the Behavioral Health Aide in Noatak, a small village in the Northwest Arctic. Twenty-five years ago, as she stared out the window of her home there, such a future seemed impossible.
When a step back into prison is really a jump forward on the road to recovery
Alexandria Niksik has been in and out of prison for seven years. Her most recent return home only lasted 16 days. But what might look like failure from the outside is actually a key step toward success and recovery from alcohol misuse.
Helping people who are homeless with improved behavioral health care
Addressing issues of homelessness in Anchorage means improving the mental health care system.
U.S. Surgeon General: Use partnerships, end stigmas to stop opioid epidemic
The Surgeon General spoke about his approach to ending the opioid epidemic and its root causes.
In Palmer, Surgeon General says preventing addiction requires looking at larger community problems
The Surgeon General is traveling around Alaska talking about the opioid epidemic. Though he sees progress, he says the community needs to form new partnerships to address larger issues to get to the root of the problem. Listen now
Guiding peers on the path to recovery from addiction
The path to recovery from drug or alcohol addiction can be long, arduous, and isolating. Now people in the Mat-Su Valley have a new place to start the journey -- and guides to help them along the way.
Drawing on historical strengths to prevent problems in the future
When rural Alaska makes the headlines, the focus is often on things like suicide rates, alcohol use, and trauma. But one project in southwest Alaska shifts attention to strengths instead. Qungasvik was developed by Yup'ik people, for Yup'ik people and is proving to be an effective way to help youth in parts of southwest Alaska thrive.
To prevent suicide, little words can make a big difference
When thinking about suicide, sometimes just a few words of reassurance can make a huge difference. Here's one man's story.
Changing the mindset of the healthcare system
For most healthcare systems, mental health and physical health are two separate issues. Not at one of the largest healthcare providers in Alaska, where doctors and behavioral health consultants work together with a new mindset.
What it takes to respond to a mental health crisis
If someone breaks their arm or twists an ankle, we generally know what to do – brace it and get help. But what if someone is hurting mentally instead of physically? A bandage won’t help, but a Mental Health First Aid class will.