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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Rep. Tarr Helps Develop National Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Tool Kit

As the purse strings of Alaska become ever tighter, the heart strings of our community- and compassion for others- need to strengthen. There are Alaskans who struggle within themselves in ways we cannot fully understand. Sometimes their struggle is apparent. For others, it’s unseen. But how we can fully relate is as a neighbor, and as someone who cares about the wellbeing of all Alaskans.

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Rep. Geran Tarr

Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Mental & Physical Health

In your life, you are more likely to see a person having a panic attack than you are to see someone having a heart attack. Though many of us know how to properly respond to a heart attack, few of us know what to do when confronted with someone having mental or emotional crises. A community based model called Mental Health First Aid is being used across the nation and world to teach people how to address a person in crisis by training a person a five step process for response. Mental Health First Aid does not replace emergency care; instead it is intended to be used by a first responder before medical care arrives.

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Rep. Geran Tarr

NEWS: Rep. Tarr Introduces Mental Health First Aid Legislation

JUNEAU – Today, Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) proposed legislation (HB355) to authorize the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to administer a Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training program and accompanying grants. Youth Mental Health First Aid training teaches trainees to detect mental illnesses and substance abuse issues and how to respond effectively to them.

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Rep. Geran Tarr

Rep. Tarr Action Alert: I need your help making sure that your voices are heard!

School Vouchers

We need your voice at the House Education Committee meeting this Friday, February 7th, at 8 a.m. in the State Capitol Building – in person or by phone.

The Education Committee is going to discuss the school voucher resolution, HJR 1, which would allow the public to vote to amend the Alaska Constitution. This amendment sanctions the state to take public school funding and use it for private and religious schools. This means that your dollars would be funding private schools, not your local public schools.

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Rep. Geran Tarr

ADVISORY: Mental Health First Aid Presentation Thursday

JUNEAU – Tomorrow, Representative Geran Tarr, Representative Shelley Hughes, Representative Ben Nageak, Alaska Primary Care Association, Mat-Su Health Foundation, and Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority will host an informational “lunch and learn” event on Mental Health First Aid—a low-cost, community-based way to help those suffering from an emotional or mental crisis. Mental Health First Aid can lower both emotional and financial burdens statewide through educating community members on how they can effectively address mental illness.

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Graham Judson Press Secretary
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120 4th St, Juneau, AK 99801