Education and training is needed in order for Alaskans to be able to respond in an effective and appropriate manner to those at risk for suicide.  There are a variety of excellent training opportunities offered in the State of Alaska that are not cost prohibitive or time intensive.  The Mental Health First Aid training is 12 hours long.  The Wellness Initiative will work with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to offer ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainers) training in participating villages. This is a two day evidenced-based skill building suicide prevention practice used worldwide.  SafeTALK is three hour free training that can be taken anyone over 15 which can help prepare young adults to identify persons with thoughts of suicide in order to connect them to available suicide resources.  Additional outreach methods will include putting up posters with the Care-line information.  The Wellness Ambassadors can also work with the school district to implement the “Signs of Suicide” Program.  These programs will be successful for communities because they are well supported, carefully designed, and well-used making these training opportunities very plug-and-play.  Part of suicide prevention includes preventing suicide by limiting access to lethal means such has guns, drugs, and alcohol.  Wellness Ambassadors will identify what programs will work well in Alaska.   Options could include a Gun Locker Community Project or the National Drug Take Back Initiative.    The Wellness Initiative will also address factors which contribute to substance abuse by adopting a prevention plan that is based on high-risk indicators such as domestic violence, child abuse, bullying, poor school performance, and others.