September is National Suicide Awareness Month, dedicated to building awareness and preventing suicide deaths from suicide across the country
Suicide is among the leading causes of death for Oregonians. It’s the second leading cause among Oregonians between the ages of 10 and 24.
In Deschutes County, the Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance and community partners are holding events to support survivors and teach the community about resources available.
Here are some of the events planned and resources available for those who need it.
Building Resiliency Thru Mindfulness
- Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Downtown Bend Public Library, Brooks Room, 601 NW Wall Street, Bend
- Thursday from 7:00-8:00 p.m., Bend-La Pine Schools Education Center Front Lawn, 520 NW Wall Street, Bend
Out of the Darkness Walk
- Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Alpenglow Park, Bend
Community QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
- Monday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m., Downtown Bend Public Library, Brooks Room
Suicide prevention resources
- Deschutes County Crisis Line: 541-322-7500 ext 9
- National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988 (text or call)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance’s Resource page: www.preventsuicideco.org
- If you are 55 or older and feeling isolated or just want to have a friendly conversation, call the Senior Loneliness Line at 503-200-1633
- 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