Crisis Line There At Point Of Need

December 21, 2010


“I’m looking down” said the man calling the Oregon Partnership’s Lifeline. “I’m looking down” he repeated to our staff member handling the phone call.

After a few questions, it hit the crisis line worker: the man on the other end of the line was standing on the edge of the Crooked River Gorge and was ready to jump. He said he didn’t want to die, but couldn’t see any way out of the pain he was in. Our staff member made a personal connection with the caller and asked him to step back from the edge, talked him to his car and stayed on the phone until the caller drove to a treatment facility while other Oregon Partnership personnel made arrangements for his admission.

We have been stunned by an increase in the need for these “rescues,” actual interventions to thwart suicide attempts. OP handles more than 18,000 calls a year from people whose last best hope is that person on the other end of a telephone line. Of those calls only about ten a month require suicide rescues. Last week, however, our crisis line personnel performed five suicide rescues in a single two hour period.

This is the kind of work Oregon Partnership does on our Lifeline 24 hours a day, every day of every year.

Thank you for supporting us.

-Tom

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500 Dead in Oregon

December 9, 2010

That’s a headline that would certainly get your attention. If it were mass murder it would get wall-to-wall press coverage. But it doesn’t.

Sadly, it happens every year and goes largely unnoticed. And it’s preventable.

500 is the number of Oregonians who kill themselves each year.

Suicide.

At Oregon Partnership we get 18,000 calls a year to our Lifeline at 800-273-TALK. Many are people who feel the pain in their lives exceeds their coping resources. Our dedicated volunteer staff listen compassionately and connect callers with resources that can exceed their pain.

Suicide is preventable.

Call us.

-Tom