Build on Community Strengths to Prevent Suicide in Rural Alaska, Research Says

March 27, 2023


Read time:

5-15 mins
World Mental Health Day

Alaskan Native communities currently have the highest suicide rate in the nation due to a number of environmental factors, one of them being the percentage of Alaskan homes that have an unlocked or loaded firearm. Lisa Wexler, a community-based participatory researcher based at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work and the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social Research focuses on the University of Michigan Family Safety Net project, in partnership with Maniilaq Association, that focuses on meeting with Alaskan Natives  and engaging with them using motivational interviews. Wexler discusses the different tactics her and the team use to reach these marginalized communities.

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