What We Do
ARCSP aims to develop one of the best suicide prevention set of resources in the state. We already have the largest collection of books on the topic. We wish to expand this to include a wide array of videos, articles and other training materials. Starting in January of 2018, a monthly newsletter will be published highlighting one of our more recent additions.
The Last Wednesday Support Group
The last Wednesday of each month, survivors of a suicide loss gather at ARCSP to encourage healing & offer supportive help. We meet from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at 816 28th Avenue, Fairbanks. New members are always welcome. A normal meeting will include about a dozen folks telling their stories followed by a few minutes of training on one perspective of suicide loss.
QPR and Is Path Warm? Training
We offer certified QPR training that is part of national best practices. In addition, the American Association for Suicidology (AAS) is the first organization in the U.S. to focus on the research, education and prevention of suicide. Under the sponsorship of the National Institute of mental Health (NIMH), psychologist Edwin Shneidman began AAS in 1968 which has remained an internationally recognized suicide prevention authority ever since. AAS has summarized some of the main contributors to suicide in the acronym: Is Path Warm? Both trainings are between one and two hours in length.
The bible speaks about suicide in a number of significant passages. One of the best places for understanding the key contributors to suicide is Psalm 88. Long known as “The Black Psalm”, Heman, its author, surfaces four of the ten indicators for suicide discussed in our training from the American Association of Suicidology Is Path Warm? Available as sermons or workshops, this project aims to help the church better understand suicide.
The Living Room
This is a specific outreach to women who find themselves in desperate situations. The Living Room is a safe place for women with common struggles to gather in a loving and supportive community. The various goals include being pro-active in recovery practices and self-care; creating and/or developing healthy coping skills; being hope and giving hope one-to-another. Led by Debbie Bourne with a life filled with such experiences, ladies joining The Living Room will find a warm and compassionate embrace. This group will meet weekly on Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at ARCSP starting September 13th.
Illustrating the Iliad
Homer’s classic story of the Trojan War has touched untold generations across numerous cultural boundaries. Geared for veterans and military personnel, this project facilitates discussion on the timeless struggles of war, loss, grief and longing for homecoming. The timelessness of Homer's themes are wonderfully fresh and relevant to every generation. As a literary masterpiece, the Iliad is also a master of the human condition with deep psychological insights keenly developed in profound ways. Participants will find a lot of common ground with warriors in every age. Starting Tuesday, October 2, 2018 this discussion group will last 8 weeks. We'll be meeting at ARCSP from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. This project has been supported by the Alaska Veterans Foundation who purchased the copies of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey.