SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska

New suicide prevention training available
for Alaska high school staff


September 12, 2012

(SitNews) Anchorage, Alaska - Alaska’s high school teachers, administrators, and staff now have a new prevention tool to address the state’s high rate of youth suicide, available at no cost to them.

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.



On the Web:

Alaska High School Kognito At-Risk Project


Source of News: 

Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
Alaska Statewide Suicide Prevention Council


E-mail your news & photos to

Publish A Letter in SitNews

Contact the Editor

SitNews ©2012
Stories In The News
Ketchikan, Alaska

 Articles & photographs that appear in SitNews may be protected by copyright and may not be reprinted without written permission from and payment of any required fees to the proper sources.