ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Merry Carlson of Barrow has been named coordinator of the Alaska Suicide Prevention Council, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced Wednesday.
Carlson for seven years has worked at the North Slope Borough Health Department, most recently as deputy director. She has a master's degree in public policy and is working toward her doctorate in psychology.
Carlson has lived in Barrow for 10 years. She started out as a human services instructor at Ilisagvik College. While working for the borough, Carlson supervised programs in Barrow and seven North Slope villages.
The council was created in May 2001 in response to Alaska's high suicide rate. Its job is to advise the administration and legislation on actions to take to reduce suicide and lessen its effects on family and communities.
''This position enables me to have a hand in guiding Alaska's statewide policy to prevent suicide,'' Carlson said in a news release.
She will earn $56,000 a year. Her job will be based in Anchorage.
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