In Marion County, we join the Surgeon General & state leaders in recognizing & responding to the clear need for suicide prevention. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among youth ages 10-24.** For every completed suicide, there are many more young people affected by suicide. In Oregon, nearly 1 in 12 eighth graders in Oregon and 1 in 16 eleventh graders reported that they had attempted suicide in the past 12 months.* An alarming 16% of eighth graders and 14% of eleventh graders reported seriously considering suicide in the past 12months. *
*Or Healthy Teen Survey
** OHD Youth Suicide Prevention Fact Sheet
If you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs: Seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
- Threatening to hurt or kill oneself
- Talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
- Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
- Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
- Feeling hopeless
- Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
- Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities - seemingly without thinking
- Feeling trapped - like there's no way out
- Increasing alcohol or drug use
- Withdrawing from friends, family, & society
- Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
- Experiencing dramatic mood changes
- Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life
Local places to go for help:
- School Counselors
- School nurses
- Personal Doctor
- Personal Counselors
- Emergency Room
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Trevor Project
- For gay, lesbian, transsexual, bisexual youths. 24 Hours per day/7 days per week
- Youth Crisis Line
- The 9 Line is a general hotline for teenagers. They can help you with many issues, including suicide, temporary housing, etc. 1.800.999.9999
How to Respond
How to Be Helpful to Someone Who is Threatening Suicide
- Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
- Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
- Be non-judgmental. Don't debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad. Don't lecture on the value of life.
- Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
- Don't dare him or her to do it.
- Don't act shocked. This will put distance between you.
- Don't be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
- Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.
- Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.
- Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention & suicide prevention.
- Refer them to the suicide prevention hotline or website listed below
We use 2 Gatekeeper programs
For program information see https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREVENTIONWELLNESS/SAFELIVING/SUICIDEPREVENTION/Pages/SuicideInterventionTrainings.aspx#a4a15354-327d-4d5d-9dde-012596982105