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Suicide Prevention Training  

  • Question.  Persuade.  Refer (QPR) 
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) 
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) 
  • teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) 
  • Training information for School Teachers and Administrators  
  • H.O.P.E. Suicide Prevention for American Indian and Alaska Native Crime Victims 

Request a training here. 

Substance Use Prevention Training 

  • Prime for Life (PFL) 
  • Breaking Waves: adapted from Suquamish’s Healing the Canoe curriculum 
  • Opioid Overdose Awareness and Prevention 
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma Sensitive Practices 

Request a training here. 

Behavioral Health and Allied Health Career Camps:  youth explore the various professions in the health care field. Students receive college credit and may obtain CPR, First Aid, BLS, QPR, Blood Bourne Pathogen and Emergency Trauma Technician certifications 

Elder and Youth Pen Pal Program 

  • Pen Pals Registration Form 

AHEC and Rising AHEC Scholars:  designed to support students who are interested in healthcare careers throughout their academic journey 

Reviving our Spirits:  NB3 tribal community partner projects serving as a catalyst in improving and sustaining Native youth health   

With the guidance of the NB3 Foundation and fellow cohort members, APIA works with the six community partners through spring 2023.  Partners include: Aleut Marine Mammal Commission, Atka IRA of Atka, King Cove Strong Non-profit of King Cove, Qagan Tayagungin Tribe of Sand Point, Aleut Community of Saint Paul Island, and the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska.


Regional Youth Advisory Conference 

**Announcing 2022 Conference Dates Soon – Stay Tuned** 

Suicide Prevention and Post-Vention educational materials 

  • Strengthening Our Nets Care Packages:  youth and young adult friendly books and journals to nurture health, culture and positive youth development 
  • Prevention and Post-Vention educational materials 
  • Resource Assistance and Access Support 

Strengthening Our Own:  Southwest Alaska Health & Resiliency Steering Committee 

The Southwest Alaska Resilience Coalition is organized by Southwest Alaska Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) and Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc. (APIA) Youth Services Program with grant funding from GCI Suicide Prevention Fund to steer future programming related to topics like suicide prevention initiatives for youth living in the Aleutian Pribilof Islands and Bristol Bay Regions. 

  • Sharing of Best Practices across communities 
  • Engaging communities 
  • Inspiring creativity and innovation in solutions 
  • Advocating on behalf of Youth 
  • Identifying needed resources 
  • Fostering partnerships among stakeholders 



The following are the appointees for each tribe; 

The following are the current Southwest Alaska Health & Resiliency Steering Committee member chairs:

Aleutians Youth Chair:  Makarius Swetzof

Aleutians Adult Chair:

Bristol Bay Youth Chair:

Bristol Bay Adult Chair:  Tiffany Webb

**Appointees Yet to be Identified – Currently Solicitating Applications**  

Interested in joining the cause?  Please apply here.   


Tide Pool Times Newsletter (see this month’s newsletter here) 


Current Announcements 

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  • Follow us on Instagram @unangaxyouth to stay tuned in to APIA regional youth activities! 
  • Our on-call Behavioral Health staff can be reached at 1-844-375-2742. 
  • The Alaska Careline at 877-266-4357 is available anytime or text 4help to 839863 – 3-11pm Tues-Sat. For more information on the Careline go to https://carelinealaska.com/ 
  • National Suicide Prevention provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States. 1-800-273-8255. 
  • Learn the warning signs. Friends sometimes let friends know if they are thinking about suicide or dying. Other times, changes in behavior may show that someone is struggling. For more guidance on steps you can take to help someone thinking of suicide, visit www.bethe1to.org or Native Americans and Alaskan Natives: Lifeline (suicidepreventionlifeline.org) 
  • APIA Suicide Prevention Brochures  
  • Click here to download a PDF file for the Guide to Narcan brochure.
  • Click here to download a PDF file for the Prevention and Postvention brochure.
  • Click here to download a PDF file for the Guide to Narcan brochure.
  • Click here to download a PDF file for the Strengthening our Nets adult suicide prevention brochure.
  • Click here to download a PDF file for the Strengthening our Nets youth suicide prevention and awareness brochure.





Dustin Newman, Youth Services Coordinator

Dustin Newman is a Youth Services Coordinator at Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc. His mother is Rebecca Demoski from Anvik/King Cove and his father is Harlen Newman from King Cove. His grandparents are the late Rudy Demoski from Anvik, the late Agnes Beaver from King Cove, the late Robert “Babe” Newman from King Cove, and Clara Smith from King Cove.  He is working towards a bachelors in Anthropology at the University of Alaska Anchorage with a minor in Alaska Native Studies and Outdoor Recreation. In addition, he has been apprenticing under Marc Daniels in building Iqyan for the past four years, taking yearly trips down to Ferndale, CA and assisting him with iqyax within the region.  Dustin teaches Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). His favorite things to do are hiking and running, and every chance he gets, he gets onto the water with his family. 


Olivia Bridges, Youth Services Coordinator 

Olivia Bridges is a Youth Services Coordinator at Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc. She received her BA in Health & Societies from the University of Pennsylvania. In the past, she interned at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health with the Opioid Use and Overdose Prevention Department. Olivia teaches ACEs, Narcan Administration and Opioid Prevention, Basic Life Support (BLS) and Question Persuade Refer (QPR). Currently, Olivia is working on obtaining her ETT Instructor certification. She loves to knit, sew and go on walks with dogs. 



Jenna Larson, Youth Services Coordinator 

 Jenna Larson is a Youth Services Coordinator at Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc. She is a descendant of the Pueblo/Anasazi/Navajo and Mexican Indigenous people and loves serving her Alaskan Native cousins. She is a mom of 2 teens and always looks forward to traveling with her kids. Jenna studied human behavior and took a special interest in positive psychology at UAA for her undergrad. She graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Masters in Secondary Education. Teenagers are her favorite population to serve. Jenna teaches Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Prime for Life, and QPR. She is currently receiving her Mind Body Skills training from the Center for Mind Body Medicine and is becoming a Yoga instructor for the purpose of facilitating indigenous healing through breath and movement. 



Amy Carlough, Youth Services Program Administrator / SW AHEC Director 

 Amy Carlough is the Youth Program Administrator and SW Alaska Area Health Center Director at Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc. in the State of Alaska.  Amy is an Adgaagux tribal member.  She has her MSW from University of Alaska Anchorage and has devoted herself to providing social work services to Native communities for over 20 years.  Amy teaches teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA), YMHFA, ACE’s, H.O.P.E. and QPR Suicide Prevention and BLS.  She currently receiving Mind Body Skills training through the Center for Mind Body Medicine and Healing Touch certification through Healing Beyond Borders.  She loves to spend time with family, scout beaches for treasures and travel.