FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Fairbanks Native Association's Youth and Young Adult Services are available to anyone ages 10-25 in need of help.
Although David Fonger is currently the Director of Graf Rheeneerhaanjii, the adolescent residential drug and rehabilitation facility, his previous role was as Director of FNA's youth suicide prevention program. "Our services that we offer do anything from suicide intervention, transitional services, so we're helping them get back on their feet, maybe they're struggling, we can help them with job resumes, we can help them look for jobs, there's a lot of different things in place for that, we have counseling services available, a case manager that will also work with them, so they can come here with a variety of needs and there's a lot we can help them cover," said Fonger.
Public service announcements were created by local youth to spread awareness. "Though most of the videos involve young people, an adult could have the same challenges, so regardless of who is watching they are powerful, the message that they portray about needing help and there's people out there that do care and whether it's FNA or another organization, we want to help whoever needs assistance."
For more information:
Careline Alaska 24/7 Suicide Prevention Hotline:
Text line: Text 4help to 839863 open 3-11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.