From 2003-2010, there were 464 suicides in Washington County. In 2011, there were 82 suicide deaths in the county. With the help of local non-profits and collaborative meetings between community members, the issue of suicide in Oregon is being addressed.
Washington County mental health providers, first responders, elected officials, business leaders, clergy, family members, educators and other community members have come together to discuss suicide prevention at the Summit of Hope meeting. Nearly 60 attendees showed an interest in participating in a Suicide Prevention Council for Washington County. Indicating the importance of a solution to the high suicide rates in the county.
Another local effort to strengthen suicide prevention is seen through the non-profit Lines for Life. Lines for Life is dedicated to preventing substance abuse and suicide, serving people with addiction, mental health and suicide intervention services, treatment referral and drug prevention education. Lines for Life Crisis Lines receive about 35,000 calls per year, de-escalating 98 percent of the 17,000 suicide calls that they receive. Learn more.
Lines for Life also operates a Military Helpline which offers free, anonymous help for military service members, veterans and their families. The Military Helpline helps this specific group with issues including anger, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress and thoughts of suicide. The lines are answered by highly trained staff, many of whom have a military background. Learn more.