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.Suicide Prevention Council
The Suicide Prevention Council of Washington County includes mental health providers, first responders, educators, the faith community, NAMI, government organizations, survivors of suicide loss, law enforcement and other concerned citizens. The council is tackling education and training, stigma and awareness, and will be looking at data to better inform suicide prevention/intervention practices in Washington County.
The vision of the Council is "zero is possible." A growing body of research shows that we do not have to accept any suicides in our community. So we are supporting the National Suicide Prevention Strategy of eliminating suicide and its devastating effects right here in Washington County.
Interested? Join us! All are welcome. If you would like more information about the Suicide Prevention Council of Washington County contact Amy Baker at 503-846-4575.
Summit of Hope 2013
Ninety-five Washington County mental health providers, first responders, elected officials, business leaders, clergy, family members, educators and other community members participated in the first Summit of Hope in May 2013 to discuss suicide prevention.
The group discussed the scope of suicide in the county, shared information about current efforts to prevent suicide and brainstormed ideas for future initiatives.
You can view the keynote presentation by Donna Noonan in PDF format. Hover over or right-click the quote bubble in the top left-hand corner to view the speaker's notes for a particular slide. Alternatively, you can watch Donna and guest David Beasley on YouTube.
For more information about suicide prevention efforts in Washington County, contact Amy Baker at 503-846-4575.
ASIST stands for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. It is a two-day workshop for community members who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. This training teaches people how to recognize youth who are at potential suicide risk, intervene with, and refer them on to professional counseling. Several trainings are held throughout the year. The next training is February 6-7.
RESPONSE: A Comprehensive High School-Based Suicide Prevention Program
RESPONSE is a comprehensive high school-based program that increases awareness about suicide among high school staff, students and parents. All of the program components are designed to heighten sensitivity to depression and suicidal ideation, as well as offer response procedures to refer a student at risk for suicide. This program has been implemented in a number of school districts in Washington County. For more information, contact Amy Baker at 503-846-4575.