All about Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

If you are in crisis:
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).


Facts About Suicide

  • Talking about suicide responsibly does not increase risk.
  • Those who are suicidal are almost always undecided.
  • Parents are often unaware of a child’s suicidal thoughts or behavior.
  • There are almost always warning signs that someone is thinking about suicide.
  • Suicide is preventable!

Warning Signs

  • 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
  • Hopelessness
  • Rage, anger, seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless/engaging in risky activities
  • Feeling trapped, like there is no way out
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Isolation/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?”

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.

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