Breaking the Silence: Addressing Oregon’s suicide crisis


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — This week, KOIN 6 News is teaming up with Lines for Life and media outlets throughout the region to shine a light on suicide and do what we can to address a growing public health crisis.

The effort is called Breaking the Silence.

Oregon has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation — it’s been higher than the national average for the past three decades. However, the number of people who die is far outweighed by the people who contemplate suicide.

Based on the most recent statistics available from 2017, 825 people in Oregon died by suicide. For every one death, 280 people think about suicide and don’t go through with it. This adds up to hundreds of thousands of people in our region contemplating suicide.

Lines for Life: Call 800.273.8255 or text ‘273TALK’ to 839863
Oregon YouthLine: 877.968.8491 or text ‘teen2teen’ to 839863
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

OHA: Suicide Prevention

Those numbers are huge — and we need to talk about it.

While experts can’t explain all the contributing factors to what leads to suicide, we do know it’s complex and different for each and every person. 

Those who experience suicidal thoughts are far from alone, which is why it’s important to help those who are struggling.

One of the best resources in Oregon is Lines for Life. If you or someone you love is dealing with these thoughts, start a conversation with them and find out ways you can help.

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