What We've Always Done
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 2020, a quarterly newsletter will be published highlighting one of our more recent additions.
The Last Thursday Support Group
The last Thursday of each month, survivors of a suicide loss gather at ARCSP to encourage healing & offer supportive help. We meet from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at 547 7th Avenue, Fairbanks. New members are always welcome. A normal meeting will include about 5 to 10 folks telling their stories followed by a few minutes of training on one perspective of suicide loss. Because of the holidays, the November and December meeting will be held on the second Thursday of December.
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 Brain Initiative
Using one of the best models of the brain available on the market today, this one-hour presentation aims to introduce interested parties on the complexities of the brain. It aims to dispel the idea that the brain is made up of just one kind of tissue. Rather, the brain has many parts that must work harmoniously together if it is to accomplish all that is required for the running the body. The sad reality is that the brain, like any other organ, doesn't always function like it should. When this malfunction occurs, serious mental disorders result. Most people who die by suicide have been diagnosed with some kind of serious mental illness (SMI).