If you are in crisis or just want someone to talk to, please know that you are not alone! Call the Washington County Crisis Line at 503-291-9111 or the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255 (press 1 for veterans or service members).
Warning signs that someone might be thinking about suicide
- 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
- 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
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?” You will NOT put the idea of suicide into someone's head by asking this question.
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.
Other Information and Resources
- A support group for survivors of suicide loss meets the second Thursday of the month in Hillsboro. More details on Suicide Bereavement Support's website.
- "Let's Talk About It" Town Hall on suicide prevention in Washington County, recorded at TVCTV in August 2015
- Community Matters episode on Get Trained to Help, recorded at TVCTV in November 2015
- Aloha High School's 80 Reasons to Stay - Suicide Prevention Video
- Suicide Prevention Trainings in Washington County
- Zero Suicide Initiative
- Veterans Crisis Line
- Additional suicide prevention resources