This month, in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Awareness month, Deschutes County, in collaboration with the Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance, is coordinating several activities to build awareness and work toward preventing suicide attempts and deaths.
Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States with one suicide occurring on average, every 11 minutes. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among United States youth, ages ten to 24. Historically, in Deschutes County, roughly three individuals die by suicide each month.
Earlier this month, the Deschutes County Suicide Prevention Program released their second Suicide Data Trend Report. This report aims to not only provide information regarding suicide trends in Deschutes County from 2000-2020, but also to share applicable information that individuals, groups, and organizations may need to help prevent suicide in Deschutes County. To access the report please visit deschutes.org/suicide-prevention.
One death by suicide is too many. Early recognition of warning signs and early intervention can save lives. The activities planned for this month will raise awareness in our community to address this important public health issue, share resources with community members for those who may be in crisis in the future, and to promote hope and healing.
Community members are encouraged to attend one or more of these opportunities to support suicide survivors in our community, learn about resources and mental wellness, and to learn more about how to help themselves or someone they love if they are struggling with suicide. Visit preventsuicideco.org for more information.
Thursday, September 14 from 6:30-8pm
Bend-La Pine Schools Education Center Front Lawn, 520 NW Wall St., Bend
This event is for anyone that has lost a loved one to suicide. The Vigil includes music, a candle lighting ceremony, and community-building activities. Attendees will have the opportunity to light a candle to honor their loved one at sunset. We respectfully ask that the media not attend this event to respect the privacy of participants.
This event will be accessible in English and Spanish.
Deschutes County Board of County Commissioners Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Proclamation
Monday, September 18, at 1pm
Deschutes County Services Building, Allen Room (Second Floor), 1300 NW Wall St., Bend
The Deschutes County Board of County Commissioners will be recognizing the month of September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in Deschutes County. This proclamation will include a brief presentation on Deschutes County suicide data and the current efforts to help lower our suicide rates. Meetings are livestreamed online at deschutes.org/meetings.
Community Question, Persuade, Refer [QPR] Suicide Prevention Training
Thursday, September 21 at 2pm
Downtown Bend Public Library, Brooks Room, 601 NW Wall St., Bend
QPR is a 1.5-hour evidence-based introduction to suicide prevention training. This free training teaches the framework for participants to be able to recognize warning signs, ask directly about suicide, persuade someone to access resources and then refer them on to the appropriate supports. This training is open for participants ages 18+.
If you or someone you love is struggling with thoughts of suicide, help is a phone call or click away:
- Deschutes County Crisis Line: 541-322-7500 ext 9
- Deschutes County Stabilization Center: 63311 NE Jamison St. Bend
- National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988 (text or call)
- Español: Llame 988 or envia “AYUDA” al 988
- Veterans: Call 988 then press 1, or text 838225
- Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Dial 711 then 988 or text 988
- Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance’s Resource page: preventsuicideco.org
- If you are 21 or younger and want support for any problem, big or small, text teen2teen to 839863 or call YouthLine at 1-877-968-8491.
Additional information for media: Deschutes County Health Services encourages our media partners to follow practices for safe reporting on suicide, which are available online.
For more information, please contact Caroline Suiter, Deschutes County Health Services, at 541-322-7420.