Suicide Prevention

If you are in crisis, call the Washington County Crisis Line at 503-291-9111. Help is also available by calling the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

Read Suicide Prevention Coordinator Amy Baker's guest editorial.

The Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention and awareness takes place in Portland on October 4. 


Facts About Suicide

  • Talking about suicide responsibly does not increase risk.
  • Those who are suicidal are almost always undecided.
  • Parents are often unaware of a child’s suicidal thoughts or behavior.
  • There are almost always warning signs that someone is thinking about suicide.
  • Suicide is preventable!

Warning Signs

  • Someone threatening to kill him/herself
  • Someone looking for the means (e.g., gun, pills, rope, etc.) to kill him/herself
  • Someone talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
  • Hopelessness
  • Rage, anger, seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless/engaging in risky activities
  • Feeling trapped, like there is no way out
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family or society
  • Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Dramatic changes in mood
  • No sense of purpose in life

Risk Factors

  • Prior attempt
  • Mood disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Access to lethal means
  • Social problem-solving
  • Aggressive-impulsive behavior
  • Oppression and prejudice
  • Access to lethal means
  • Bullying
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Contagion/imitation/copying

Protective Factors

  • Effective mental health care
  • Strong connections to family, community and social institutions
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Contacts with caregivers
  • Cultural and religious beliefs that discourage suicide
  • Restricted access to lethal means of self-destruction in the home


How You Can Help


Show you care: “I’m concerned about you.”
  • Listen — without judging or giving advice.
  • Take all talk of suicide seriously.
  • Stay calm and stay with the person.

Ask directly about suicide: “Are you thinking about suicide?”

Get help. Do not leave the person alone.

  • Take action now.
  • Do not promise secrecy.
  • Call the Washington County Crisis Line at 503-291-9111.
  • Call 911.
  • Go to the nearest emergency department.

Get trained to help.

 

Other Information/Resources

Program Contact: Amy Baker, 503-846-4575