Suicide Prevention Week

This past weekend a man checked into a hotel in Portland. Within the next five minutes he rode the elevator up to the 15th floor, went into his room, put his luggage down on the bed, walked straight to the window, took off his shoes and jumped to his death.

Suicide.

We don’t want to talk about it. We’re afraid of the stigma. Yet this lack of discussion and submission to fear allows suicidal thoughts to fester.

Each year over 500 people in Oregon die from suicide. Oregon’s suicide rate is 35 percent higher than the national average.

It doesn’t have to happen.

Suicide is preventable.

Suicide claims approximately 1 million lives worldwide each year, resulting in one suicide every 40 seconds. There are an estimated 10 to 20 suicide attempts per each completed suicide, resulting in several million suicide attempts each year.

Risk factors remain essentially the same from country to country. Mental illness, substance abuse, previous suicide attempts, hopelessness, access to lethal means, recent loss of loved ones, unemployment and vulnerability to self-harm are just a few examples of risk factors.

Protective factors are also the same in all corners of the world. High self-esteem, social connectedness, problem-solving skills, supportive family and friends are all examples of factors that buffer against suicide and suicidal behaviors.

So what can you do if you’re concerned about a friend or loved one, or have suicidal thoughts yourself? Call our Suicide Lifeline and talk with one of our highly trained staff 0r volunteers anonymously. They can help you sort out the issues and help you come up with a plan to stay safe.

It’s been said that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem

There’s a much better solution: Talk about it.

Please call us 24/7 at (503) 273–TALK (8255) or 1-(800) SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

 

– Tom

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