An important goal of the federal government’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (Goal 7), as well as Alaska’s Recasting the Net: Promoting wellness to prevent suicide in Alaska (Strategy 2.6) is to ensure community and clinical health care providers are trained in evidence-based suicide-specific assessments, management and delivery of effective clinical care.
Suicide Rates in Alaska
Alaska is ranked 2nd in the nation for its high suicide rate. Throughout the state of Alaska, suicide is the:
Overall, suicide is the 5th leading cause of death in Alaska.
More than 9 times as many people died by suicide in 2019 than in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents.
82.8% of communities did not have enough mental health providers to serve residents in 2020, according to federal guidelines.
Sources: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) & Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
The CAMS Framework has been proven through multiple randomized clinical trials to be the best assessment, intervention and treatment to reduce suicide ideation. It is recommended by such groups as the Zero Suicide Initiative, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Sentinel Event Alert (PDF) by the Joint Commission as referenced in Alaska’s Recasting the Net report.
While it is important that communities learn how to identify the signs of suicide risk, it is crucial to have a network of healthcare providers in place and trained in evidence-base suicide-specific treatment to whom people identified as suicidal may be immediately referred.
CAMS-care offers several training options to meet various learning styles and budgets, as well as the challenges of remote rural communities. Because CAMS is a flexible Framework, it can be easily adapted to cultural and tribal preferences. The CAMS treatment is available via online training, in-person role-play training, consultation calls, ZOOM training, and more.
Mental health professionals have reported that the CAMS Framework has given them a way to confidently treat suicidal patients effectively in only 6-8 sessions. And, more importantly, patients have reported that they like using the CAMS Framework.
Learn more about how CAMS addresses mental health. Find a CAMS Trained clinician in Alaska.
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