UPDATE 5:00 PM:

Additional information from U.S. Army Alaska has clarified six total deaths at Ft. Wainwright from January 2018 to March 2019. Of those six, two have been confirmed suicides and the other four are still under investigation. Officials also say there does not appear to be a single source or factor connecting these deaths.

 

Officials also confirmed that the Basset Army Community Hospital is now operated by the Defense Health Agency, not USARAK. This was changed after Congress passed the 2019 Defense Authorization Bill. 

 

FT. WAINWRIGHT, AK - U.S. Representative Don Young is pushing for an inspection of Fort Wainwright's mental health issues after multiple soldiers committed suicide.

 

In 2018, there were four confirmed suicides and three of those have taken place on the installation. The congressman has formally sent a letter asking the base to investigate and identify their mental health services, their usage, and driving factors of the suicide.

 

Your Alaska Link looked into crisis prevention on Alaska’s army bases.

 

Both installations have several options from 24/7 hot lines to immediate services, however JBER's are easy to find by simply clicking resiliency resources on their home page.

 

It took several phone calls to find Fort Wainwright's after discovering their crisis line phone number link does not work. After Your Alaska Link contacted the base, Fort Wainwright officials assured us their crisis line information will be fixed as soon as possible and will be found on their home page.

 

In the meantime, if you are in crisis or simply need someone to talk to you can always go to the emergency room which has psychiatric doctors 24/7. If you're on duty, you can simply walk into the behavioral health clinic and request to be seen.

 

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