Story last updated at 4/4/2012 - 11:34 am
SITKA - The "1 is 2 Many" regional suicide prevention task force for Southeast Alaska has a new logo. The logo features The Watchman, which was designed by Tlingít artist and chemical dependency counselor Robert Hoffmann of Sitka, with input from the task force members. The task force is comprised of members from all over Southeast Alaska, with representatives from health organizations, schools, churches, tribes, law enforcement and other people concerned about suicide prevention in the region.
"We had a long and hard discussion about this logo, and we really wanted to send a strong message to the community that we care and you are not alone", said SEARHC Behavioral Health/Suicide Prevention Program Manager Wilbur Bron Jr.
The logo also will be used to help remind people about the free, 24/7 SEARHC Help Line (1-877-294-0074) available for use by any resident of Southeast Alaska who needs help getting through a crisis.
"The task force felt The Watchman is symbolic of courage and the spiritual warrior in everyone," SEARHC Behavioral Health Division Director Melody Price-Yonts said. "When times are hard and there is a feeling of helplessness, The Watchman message is for you to love yourself just as you are, to have faith and know that you are not alone. The Watchman provides strength and courage to individuals to reach out and ask for help from neighbors, relatives, friends or family. The Watchman is across cultures and can serve as a reminder for us to watch over each other."