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We are a coalition of diverse and caring Alaskans who represent or are a part of various coalitions, organizations and/or sectors in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.  Our vision is a community where all generations experience wellness in mind, body and spirit.  We foster wellness through primary prevention and advocacy.

 


What We're Doing

We are currently focused on two major prevention efforts in the Fairbanks North Star Borough:

Suicide Prevention

Our goal is to prevent suicide among 15-24 year olds.  In 2015, the FNSB saw a decrease in suicides compared to 2014.  While this gives us hope going forward, there is still much work to do.  It will take all of us to listen, connect and help.  Here's what you can do:

  •  Learn key local facts about suicide. (Read Local Facts about Suicide)
  • Learn to save a life by taking a Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) class.  Contact us at info@fairbankswellness.org to find out more.
  • Call the Careline at 877-266-HELP or text 4help to 839863 if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or just needs to talk to someone.
  • Share your story of strength on our online form.

Opioid Prevention

Our goal is to prevent the first misuse of highly addictive prescription opioids (pain relievers, e.g. Vicodin, Oxycontin, Fentanyl) among teens and young adults and heroin use among young adults.  Thankfully most local teens and young adults have never misused prescription opioids or heroin.  However, we must protect them from starting down the path of addiction.  You can protect them by:
  • Learn the facts about prescription opioid misuse and heroin use.
  • Learn the risks of opioid misuse.
  • Safely dispose of unused prescription drugs by using a home disposal bag, turning them in to a year-around site, or during National Drug Take Back Day (October and April).
  • Securely store those drugs you are currently using.
  • Talk to your doctor about safe use of prescription opioids and alternatives.

Our Rack Card suggests ways to help protect our community from opioid misuse.


How You Can Help

We are a coalition composed of mostly volunteers. You can help by volunteering to be a part of one of our workgroups, organize or help at events, create materials, or help with admin tasks.  Fill out our volunteer form and we'll contact you to see how we can best work together.

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