FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Suicide in Alaska has been an issue of great concern in 2019. In our series 'Listen Connect Help,' we highlight suicide prevention resources around Fairbanks, and the Arctic Resource Center for Suicide Prevention is a place for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
"As far as I know, we offer the only suicide support group for those who have suffered the loss of someone to suicide, and that's the last Wednesday of each month, we offer the best suicide prevention library, not only in the community but in the state, we have a lot of great resources," said Wisland.
Founder and Director of the center, Jim Wisland, says the Arctic Resource Center for Suicide Prevention was created out of a place of personal loss, when their son took his life eight years ago. "We were left bereft, and shattered, and here we were in Fairbanks, Alaska, in a state that leads the nation often in suicide loss, and we couldn't find a suicide support group, we couldn't find resources to help us acclimate to what had happened, I went to every library in the area, and the availability of resources was very marginal," said Wisland.
Wisland and his wife now helps others through their grief process. "We have folks that come in to our support group who were just as devastated as we were and they now can come in and they find a group of people who know exactly what it's been like and can be aware of the changes that go on through that grief journey, it has been a stabilizing force in a number of people's lives," said Wisland.
Wisland says anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide or wants suicide prevention resources is always welcome at the center located at 816 28th Avenue Suite 500, Fairbanks, AK 99701.
For more information: https://www.arcsp.org/
After Suicide Support Group
Last Wednesday of each month at ARCSP 816 28th Avenue Suite 500, Fairbanks, AK 99701 from 6-8 p.m.
Founder/Director Jim Wisland: 907-987-6829