Inside Passages Speaker Series

Inside Passages is a free speaker series that explores issues connected to mental health and wellness that impact us, our families, and the community. With different speakers and topics, participants will learn and exchange views on a wide variety of mental health-related issues presented by local and regional speakers.

Presentations will be offered at 12pm the first and third Friday of each month, November - January.

In response to COVID-19, Inside Passages is being "reimagined" and all presentations will be via zoom. Closed captioning will be available. 


Click the link below to register. 

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Presentations - 2021 Series

Upcoming Presentations:

  • Nov. 5th - Question. Persuade. Refer. An intro to suicide prevention.

  • Nov. 19th - History and Hope: An intro to ACEs and trauma.

  • Dec. 3rd - Family and Friends Seminar: Supporting a loved one with a mental illness.

  • Dec. 17th - Suicide Safety Planning Workshop

  • Jan. 7th - Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention

  • Jan. 21st - Family Matters: The importance of family approaches in child and adolescent therapy

Presentations - 2020 Series

Thursday, April 15th 11am - Lethal Means Reduction

Reducing access to lethal means is an effective suicide prevention practice and part of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. This method can be employed by anyone. Throughout the United States as well as internationally, reduction of access to lethal means has resulted in an overall reduction in suicides in the identified region. This workshop will explore the research supporting this strategy, approaches and collaborations that can open critical doors to suicide prevention.

Please note: this workshop will cover the sensitive topic of suicide. The  information provided is intended to help prevent suicide, but is not intended for youth or vulnerable individuals. We ask you to consider this if attending this workshop. If you or anyone you know is at risk, the  following numbers are available 24/7: Alaska Careline: Call toll-free statewide at 877-266-HELP (4357) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  800-273-8255 or Text 74174

This program is presented by Elain de Mello. Elaine is an LCSW who has worked in the mental health field since 1978. She has worked at NAMI NH since 1999 as the Director of Suicide Prevention Services and is an author of the Connect program, an internationally recognized suicide prevention and postvention program. Elaine has provided training and consultation in a variety of settings around the U.S. Since 2010 she has partnered with the state of
Alaska in implementing Connect Prevention and 

Postvention training and strategic planning statewide
including several visits to Juneau to work with the JSPC.

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Thursday, April 29th 11am - America’s Legacy of Violence

                                              Against Indigenous People

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This virtual training draws attention to the pervasive issue of violence against Native people, who suffer disproportionately high levels of sexual and domestic violence. The roots of violence in our nation have led to a culture of abuse and the crisis we see today. This training will examine the history of genocide, colonization, assimilation, and the anti-violence movement. Viewers will learn how race-based oppression and violence intersect leading to higher rates of victimization, lethality, suicide, and health disparities.

Speaker: Christina Love (she/her),
Senior Specialist, Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
Bio: Christina Love is a proud Alaska Native woman from Egegik village who was raised in Chitina, Alaska. Christina is a consultant, Recovery Coach and civil and human rights activist. Christina has dedicated the last decade to systems change for targeted and marginalized populations in Alaska. She is a formerly incarcerated person in long term recovery who currently works as a Senior Specialist for the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA), the state’s coalition of domestic and sexual violence programs. Christina’s role focuses on intersectionality with an emphasis on trauma, substance use and mental health.

Christina is part of a collective movements that work to end violence, oppression, shame, and stigma through the liberation of education and community healing.

Thursday, May 13th 11am - Spiritual Wellbeing

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Many people are experiencing feelings of isolation and a lack of connection. These feelings are related to the pandemic, social insecurities, struggles with mental health, and a variety of other factors. A strong religious community and connection to spiritual practices have been shown by researchers to combat feelings of isolation and improve mental wellbeing. Join us in this talk in which we will explore the connection between religion and mental health, learn ways to strengthen spiritual practices, and discuss the resources available in the Juneau community.


This program will be led by AmeriCorps Member Charlotte McAdams who is serving with the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition. 

Thursday, February 4th 11am - ACES

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Adverse childhood experiences (ACES) may be the largest factor affecting our youth today. ACES affect people from all different walks of life and have many implications on into adulthood. This introduction presentation will teach you what ACES are, share findings of the ACES study, explore implications of ACES, discuss resiliency, and much more. 

This program will be led by AmeriCorps Member Jenni Ebersberger who is serving with Southeast Alaska Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

Thursday, February 18th 11am - History and Hope

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"History and Hope" is an Alaska Resilience Initiative training that introduces the audience to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study and addresses the question "Why are Adverse Childhood Experiences so adverse, and what can we do about it?"


This training provides an introduction to how trauma-informed, culturally-responsive approaches in healthcare, education, and early childhood development can help shift our most pressing health and social problems. This presentation will build on the previous ACES presentation, though prior attendance is not required, 


This program will be led by Arika Paquette from Women In Safe Homes. For more information on the Alaska Resilience Initiative visit

Thursday, March 4th 11am - Positive Protective Factors

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Suicide Prevention is all of our jobs – it encompasses all that we build into our personal lives, the lives of our loved ones, and into our community to be well. This presentation will cover Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition’s expanded efforts in promoting positive protective factors and decreasing risk factors. Coverage includes the simplicity and complexity of meeting our basic needs, and introductions to recognizing warning signs, how to offer help, how to create safer environments, and the importance of safe messaging and reducing stigma.

Attendees will receive practical and tangible tips and resources with opportunities to learn more. Presenter: Tina DeAsis-Wright, JSPC Program Coordinator

Thursday, March 18th 11am - QPR. Question. Persuade. Refer. 

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QPR training, also known as gatekeeper training, teaches people without professional mental health backgrounds to recognize the signs that someone may be considering suicide, establish a dialogue, and guide the person to seek professional help. It is not a substitute for professional assistance, but it can be a critical tool to save lives – and it's something that anyone can learn to do.


Question... the person about suicide, Persuade... the person to get help, and Refer... the person to the appropriate resources.

This program will be led by Eric Boyer from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.

Thursday, April 1st 11am - Safety Planning Workshop

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When an individual is in a mental health crisis, knowing their support system is vital to reducing the risk of suicide.


A mental health safety plan acts as a guide during a mental health crisis.  We recommend that everyone at least talk through the items on a safety plan with their loved ones in the event of a mental health crisis.  This webinar will show you how.

This program will be led by Aaron Surma, Executive Director of NAMI Juneau and Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition.