Alaskans Struggle to Get Help They Need

Mental Health in AK Feature

Dona Yoder, NAMI Fairbanks Communications Manager & Nenette Rogers, Executive Director Mental Illness in Alaska National Mental Illness Awareness Week (the first week of October) is recognized by NAMI Fairbanks throughout the whole month. This year, the theme is What I Wish I had Known, and NAMI Fairbanks is highlighting some of the effects of mental illness here in Alaska. …

Crisis Now Implementation In Fairbanks

Brenda McFarlane, City of Fairbanks Crisis Now Coordinator Several years ago in our community, if you were trying to help a friend or loved one in the midst of a mental health crisis, your options were limited. You might have tried to transport the person to the Emergency Room department yourself or called 911 or attempted to make an appointment …

Overcoming Stigma

E. A. Stigma is when someone views you in a negative way because you have a distinguishing characteristic or personal trait that’s thought to be, or actually is, a disadvantage (a negative stereotype). Unfortunately, negative attitudes and beliefs toward people who have a mental health condition are common. Stigma can lead to discrimination. Discrimination may be obvious and direct, such …