by Christine Kim
Sunday, January 10, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Suicide accounts for two-thirds of all violent deaths in Alaska, and for the first time state agencies will hold a three-day statewide suicide prevention summit.
The summit will begin Monday at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Representatives from the agencies will identify gaps in the network of prevention programs and try to strengthen them.
Brenda Moore, the chair of the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council says in the Lower 48 seniors have the highest suicide rates, but in Alaska it's the 19-to-29 age group -- and specifically young Native men.
"It's almost a fact of life, you know, and we've just got to work to change that," Moore said. "Because it's not, it's -- we're just losing too many of our young men to suicide."