Two-day conference on suicide prevention next week

The Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition is holding a conference called, “Adverse Childhood Experiences and Suicide: Learn, Change, Prevent.”

The two-day conference takes place Thursday and Friday, June 2-3, at the University of Alaska Southeast, including an evening session at 6:30 p.m. June 2.

The purpose of the conference is to learn about the effects of trauma and toxic stress on the body, how the community can work together to prevent childhood trauma, and make the systemic changes needed to reduce childhood trauma and suicide.

There is no cost for the conference and meals will be provided. All behavioral health and primary care providers, law enforcement personnel, educators, childcare providers and early childhood professionals, social service workers, as well as civic leaders, tribal leaders, the business community and members of the general public are invited to attend.

The conference builds on the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition’s conference last year, “Trauma and Suicide: Breaking the Link.” That event drew 175 participants. This year, organizers are expecting more than 200 to attend.

This year’s conference will include keynote speakers and workshops on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and suicide, suicide risk and ACEs assessment in primary care, historical and intergenerational trauma, trauma-informed schools and structures, and “Collective Impact” — a framework to mobilize community efforts to address a complex problem.

The conference is being funded through a grant from the state Division of Behavioral Health Prevention Services. To register and learn more about the conference, go to

More in News

Aurora forecast for the week of Nov. 27

These forecasts are courtesy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute… Continue reading

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Monday, Dec. 4, 2023

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

The Juneau School District is entangled in a dispute with the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development about supplemental funds the city provides for what the district calls non-instructional purposes such as after-school programs and pupil transportation. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire file photo)
State seeks to change rules for ‘local contribution’ funds to school districts beyond the ‘cap’

Education department abandons challenge under existing state law to Juneau, other districts.

A chart shows the proposed plans for each of the Alaska Marine Highway System’s nine ferries next summer under a schedule open for public comment until Dec. 19. (Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities)
Proposed ferry schedule for next summer looks a lot like this year’s — with one possible big exception

Cross-Gulf sailings will resume if enough crew hired; AMHS begins two-week public comment period.

Ron’s Apothecary Shoppe, located at the south end of the Mendenhall Mall, is closing at the end of the day Wednesday, leaving Juneau with one remaining independent pharmacy. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Closure of Ron’s Apothecary Shoppe reflects nationwide battle over prescription drug prices

Policymakers: “Middlemen” between drugmakers and retailers pocket profits to detriment of consumers.

This symbol is inside of the Alaska Department of Corrections office on Sept. 7, 2022, in Douglas. (Photo by Lisa Phu/Alaska Beacon)
Alaska Police Standards Council turns down plan to lower hiring age of corrections officers — for now

The Alaska Police Standards Council voted down a regulation change that would… Continue reading

Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, right, and former Rep. Christopher Kurka, R-Wasilla, saw ethics complaints against them dismissed on Nov. 29. (Photos by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)
Committee dismisses complaints that two Alaska lawmakers committed ethics violations

The body charged with policing the ethics of members of the Alaska… Continue reading

A bus parks outside the entrance of Foodland IGA during the Southeast Alaska Food Bank’s annual Caring is Sharing Food Drive on Nov. 18. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)
SNAP benefits backlog surges past 12,000 applicants again due to technical, staffing woes

State reportedly cleared year-long 14,000-person backlog, only to have new crisis erupt.

Most Read