Behavioral Health Prevention Program

Behavioral health programs are the arrangements instituted by the society to promote positive behaviors towards a healthy lifestyle.

Behavioral health programs are the arrangements instituted by the society to promote positive behaviors towards a healthy lifestyle. These programs are usually established by non-governmental organizations in support of the Public Health. This paper published by presents the Behavioral Suicide Prevention Program formed by the Alaska Foundation aimed at eliminating the suicidal attempts among youths as well as elaborates the program’s stakeholders, its challenges, and recommendations that would improve its effectiveness.

Behavioral Suicide Prevention Program

The Foundation of Alaska has established a program that assists in preventing the rampant teen suicide cases. The program will provide the individuals with the possible ways in which they can determine a person who is at risk of committing suicide. In addition, it will educate the affected families and communities (those whose friends or relatives have committed suicide) on how to respond to suicide comprehensively. The mission of the project intends to accept the applications for the programs promoting efforts on the teen suicide preventing. The vision regards reducing and completely preventing fatal cases among the teens.


The cases of suicide are a concern to the society. The members involved are parents, the community agencies, public health and educational institutions, the local community, and therapists. These groups of people will play different roles in the implementation of the preventive program. Their work will involve interactions with the teens at risk in one way or the other. The people with the greatest task are the parents that have been bestowed the responsibility of a daily monitoring the behavior change of their children.

Roles and Responsibilities

Through the schools and community, the program can attract parent representatives who in turn will stimulate other parents to observe their children. The parent representatives will be trained to monitor the behavior change as well as take the necessary steps in case of strange actions. This training will be the most critical objective of the program encouraging the parental monitoring. The reason for this sensitization is that the most negative behaviors among youth occur as a result of the negligence of their parents. Moreover, the parental guidance influences the child’s environment in a significant way resulting in either propagating or reducing the instances of stress and depression among their children. Parent representatives who will assist in the training will, therefore, be well-equipped with the desired knowledge and skills.

The community agencies will also participate in reducing the rate of suicidal cases Since the community is encouraged to initiate the projects, the Alaska prevention program will assist them in their implementation providing all the required resources.

Local community is the immediate environment of the youth, hence, its role is to ensure that the youngsters are not surrounded by influential factors such as drug trafficking in the community. They are encouraged to report on any cases they believe to be negatively affecting the youth or any weird behaviors.

Educational institutions are places where the youths learn and, therefore, these establishments should incorporate guidance and counseling programs that will always act as a caution to the students. Additionally, the counseling should be conducted on a regular basis to guarantee the efficiency of the program. With the help of school agreements, the Alaska program will conduct the trainings within the institutions’ premises. The schools will also act as monitoring agents who will watch the students’ behaviors.

The government, being the controller of the state, is required to declare the importance of the campaign to all the governmental and non-governmental institutions. With the government’s alert, different institutions will easily grant permission to Alaska team to conduct its training. As a result, the government support will be the most valuable achievement of the project.

Public health is concerned with the health conditions within the nation. This department will contribute to the Alaska suicide prevention program by providing the necessary funds and facilities to conduct the training. Moreover, it will assess the effectiveness of the Alaska program and check the workshops and rehabilitation centers in the country.

Therapists play a pivotal role in the Alaska Suicide Prevention program since they offer counseling and rehabilitation. They assess youths with high suicidal risks and put them on a rehabilitation program. Moreover, therapists attend schools and other institutions organizing counseling sessions.

Barriers to Behavior Modification

The barriers to the behavioral modification include, first of all, trainer shortages. There is a lack of behavioral health professionals trained to identify and assess suicidal risks among the youths. The available professionals are only taught to provide counseling and guidance but they cannot determine the youths who are likely to commit suicides. However, this trend is common in both the rural and urban regions.

Secondly, technological infrastructure is considered to be one more obstacle. The behavioral health systems, in general, are not able to work together with other organizations like the public health and education. Although the interoperable reporting mechanisms have been established, they cannot share the platforms for cross-system data utilization or exchange. Thus, significant efforts are being made to enhance the accessibility of these shared services such as data warehouses for providers of behavioral health systems.

Thirdly, there have been restrictions on information sharing that present the barriers to the exchange of information between health and social professionals giving no precise guidelines on what is legally distributed among the multi-parties. The hindrance to information sharing factor has restricted interactions among the professionals in their efforts towards working together to learn more about suicides among the youth.

Furthermore, harnessing and coordinating the efforts of all the necessary stakeholders is not easy. Having a complete program in operation takes time because the stakeholders are approached one at a time and their time responses differ. For example, the government may take months to create a nationwide awareness of the program or the public health department may be reluctant in providing the program with the needed guidelines and funds.

Finally, in the past years, there has been a continuous decrease in the financial resources allocated to the health prevention programs. As the state tries to implement new initiatives in funding prevention projects, it should consider the lack of providers, outdated IT, funding cuts as well as unskilled behavioral health professionals.


The first recommendation concerns promoting the collaboration of the private and public agencies and the community to form a social environment that enhances the effectiveness of the prevention program. This measure involves emphasizing on training professionals in order to make them competent in assessing suicidal risks.

Secondly, the collaboration between human service, local health, and state agencies should exist to discover the areas of investments.

Thirdly, efforts on information sharing among programs and organizations should be supported to obtain a more effective coordination of preventive services.

In conclusion, the behavioral health prevention programs are effective in changing negative behaviors in the society. However, coordination among the relevant stakeholders is essential since the prevention programs can experience various challenges as experienced by the Alaska Foundation. The provided recommendations will help in restructuring the Alaska Found to provide efficient services.

Vivi Madison

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