Local Student Program to Combat Suicide Set to Expand

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Students within the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District are providing their peers with more than just education.
After applying for a suicide prevention grant four years ago, students within the district created the 'Signs of Suicide Secondary Student Peer Awareness, Prevention and Postvention Project' to help educate students about what resources are available to those considering suicide.
Now the group is extending this work to outside of the district.
New this year, students have been providing similar peer-to-peer support in the form of 'Heart 2 Heart' Youth Kits.
These bags include hygiene products, as well as hats and gloves, and even come with support cards that show who to call for help.
The bags will be distributed within the district, as well as to 'The Door' and 'Joel's Place'.
As she retires from her position, Director of Prevention and Intervention Programs, Montean Jackson, says she hopes to leave behind passion in her students that will help them continue to make a difference.

Montean Jackson; Prevention/Intervention Programs - FNSB School District>>"Alaska, the state of Alaska has some of the highest rates per capita for suicide risk and we wanted to make sure that we weren't just meeting the needs of students that are in school but also, we're trying to branch out and cast a wider net and reach out to the surrounding areas in our community and perhaps we'll make a dent in reducing the number of youth that are thinking of committing suicide or thinking that there's no hope and there's no help."