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Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012 12:07 am

FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Division of Behavioral Health has received a $1.44 million federal grant to strengthen the state’s youth suicide prevention program.

The Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant comes from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The state also received funding from the grant program in 2009.

A news release from the state says the Division of Behavioral Health will use the grant to “help groups statewide offer suicide prevention training and develop prevention resources for their communities.”

“Teaching Alaskans that suicide is preventable and giving them the tools to help be part of the solution is crucial to preventing suicide among youth in Alaska,” said Melissa Stone, director of the Behavioral Health Division.

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