New suicide prevention training available
September 12, 2012
Kognito At-Risk is a nationally recognized Web-based program that uses virtual role-play to train personnel on how to appropriately identify and engage with students at risk for suicide.
Access to the evidence-based program is a joint project of the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council, the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, and the Alaska Association of Student Governments; it was funded by a legislative appropriation.
“The fact that Alaska’s high school student leaders came to the Council with a resolution supporting making the program available to their teachers, coaches, and others speaks to its importance,” said Council Executive Director Kate Burkhart.
The suicide rate for Alaskans age 15–24 was 46/100,000 in 2010, compared to 7.8/100,000 for age 15–19 and 12.5/100,000 for age 20–24 nationally.
“Offering this training is an important step in fostering safe and healthy communities,” said Alaska Education Commissioner Mike Hanley. “This outreach emphasizes the vital role that educators play in our communities.”
This new resource program was launched during Alaska Suicide Prevention Week which is September 9-15, 2012.
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