The learning objectives of this learning circle are that participants will compare what youth and adults think will prevent suicide, discuss and interpret regional survey results in the context of participants’ own lives, practice and demonstrate active listening, and evaluate the utility of these listening skills for meeting their own goals to support youth.

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Participants have a chance to really practice listening for wellness, which is what many youth in northwest Alaska believe adults can do to prevent suicide in their village. After presenting some basic guidelines for listening, people talk and listen in pairs, sharing a small stressor they are really experiencing in their lives.

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Last, participants come up with ideas about how they as individuals, workers, family members, and as a community can use this information to support youth. Participants also talk about what might help them carry out these ideas and why they feel they are important.

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