Suicide is a leading public health concern locally and across the globe that affects people of all identities and backgrounds. According to the World Health Organization, over 800,000 people die by suicide globally each year. In the United States alone, suicide is rated as the tenth leading cause of death and Oregon State has the 15th highest suicide rate in the country according to the Center for Disease Control. In Deschutes County, according to the Oregon Violent Death Reporting System, we can unfortunately expect to lose about 55 people to suicide a year. It is important to acknowledge that there is no single cause to suicide, and some risks to be aware of include but are not limited to: social isolation, experiencing a mental health challenge, experiencing homelessness or job stress, and lack of access to effective mental health care. We can all help prevent suicide in our community by taking some of the following actions:
- Educate yourself on effective suicide prevention efforts—a great please to start is Suicide Prevention Resource Center: www.sprc.org
- Know the warning signs by visiting the Suicide Prevention LifeLine website: suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
- Know the local resources for the entire Central Oregon region by visiting the Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance’s website: www.preventsuicideco.org
- Get involved in local efforts, such as getting involved with the Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance: www.preventsuicideco.org
Lastly, it is important to remember that the book, When All Is Said, is a fictional depiction of one person’s experience with suicide—it is not fact. It is important for us to know the facts about suicide in order to not contribute to harmful myths and stigma. Learn more about the facts about suicide at https://afsp.org/about-suicide/.
If you are a loved one are experiencing thoughts of suicide there is help available. Please call the Deschutes County Crises Line, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 541-322-7500 Option 9. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine at 1-800-273-8255
Page Last Modified Wednesday, February 19, 2020