On this page, readers will find a variety of media resources created by Alaskans designed to address issues of suicide awareness, prevention, and survival as well as mental health concerns. These resources have been compiled in cooperation with the Alaska Youth Suicide Prevention Project and highlight local efforts to address suicide prevention.
- Railway of Hope: This is a short film written by a teenager, Sophie Clark, living in Klawock, Alaska. The film tells the story of Landon, a high-school senior who struggles with his failing grades, relationships, and the memory of his father.
- AASG Suicide Prevention Media Contest, 2012 (First Place): The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Alaska Association of Student Governments, the Alaska Careline Crisis Intervention Line, and GCI sponsor an annual suicide prevention media contest open to school students in Alaska. Submitted YouTube videos are evaluated and the winning entries are used to develop Public Service Announcements which may be televised throughout Alaska.
- ANTHC Digital Storytelling: The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) has developed a team to blend storytelling traditions with computer-based technology as a way for people to be able to tell their own story. Storytelling serves to empower people to share a meaningful, heart-felt message as they exercise their power to write and create their own personal narrative.
- We Breathe Again: This feature length documentary film is filmed in Alaska with a specific focus on the impacts of suicide within Alaska Native communities. The film "presents journeys of both hardship and beauty; and it illuminates everyday paths toward reconnecting the severed ties between the people, the land, and the waters." This project is a collaboration between Gwanshii LLC, the Indiginous Leadership Institute, and Crawl Walk Run Productions. Premier viewings of the film are expected to start in January of 2014.
- The Winter Bear Project: This play, written and performed in Alaska, uses the Alaska Native tradition of storytelling to create a safe space to share about the experience of suicide in Alaska. In this story, an Alaska Native teenager rises above the traumas of his past to become a leader in his community, with the help of mentor Sidney Huntington and a Winter Bear.
- Kake Culture Camp: While many communities in Alaska host "culture camps" where Alaskan youth spend a week learning about traditional practices, the Tlingit village of Kake, Alaska also takes this opportunity to address the emotionally-charged issue of suicide. The success of this program has been covered in the media and local residents report that by openly addressing suicide with Native traditions a new spirit of resiliency can be found within their teen populations.