AK House Majority
The 26th Alaska State Legislature, 2009 - 2010  
Sponsor Statement: House Bill 349

Suicide Prevention Council Meetings

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Sen. Anna MacKinnon R-G
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Sen. Anna MacKinnon

Chair, (H) FPY Com.
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Relating to the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council.

Posted: March 9, 2010 : v26-LS1479\A
Status: Chapter 5 SLA 10 : 2010-04-14

House Bill 349 allows the Suicide Prevention Council to participate in a meeting either in person or by teleconference. Suicide is a very serious public health concern in Alaska, particularly among young males and the Alaska native population. Extension of the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council is important in curtailing this avoidable loss of life. The mission of the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council is to advise the governor and the legislature on issues relating to suicide. In collaboration with communities, faith-based organizations, and public-private entities, the Council works to improve the health and wellness of Alaskans by reducing suicide and its effect on individuals and communities.

The council serves in an advisory capacity to the Legislature and governor with respect to what actions can and should be taken to improve health and wellness throughout the state by reducing suicide and its effect on individuals, families and communities; broaden the public's awareness of suicide and the risk factors related to suicide; enhance suicide prevention services and programs throughout the state; develop healthy communities through comprehensive, collaborative, community-based approaches; develop and implement a statewide suicide prevention plan; and strengthen existing and build new partnerships between public and private entities that will advance suicide prevention efforts in the state.

Thank you for your consideration and I urge your support on the passage of legislation.

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2010-03-12 : 00:42 : [AUDIO] Fairclough comments on HB 349 passage
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