December 3, 2018
Associate Professor of Community Health Education Lisa Wexler's suicide prevention efforts are profiled in the latest issue of UMass Magazine. The story examines Wexler's work with Alaska Native communities to build resilience through community belonging and cultural continuity in an effort to lower suicide risk. Suicide rates among Alaska Native youth are among the highest in the world, but they were not always so, leading Wexler to examine root causes that fall outside the "mental health box."
“With suicide, there’s a lot that’s unknowable,” Wexler says. “But there’s a lot that we could be thinking about: what makes life worth living, how we give pathways to people to live the life they want to live, to support their capacities, to be happy—whatever that means for them—and to work for social justice in a way that makes a future people want to walk into.”
The story appears in the Fall 2018 issue of the magazine.