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Suicide Prevention Resources

 

Call 911 for any imminent danger 

to self or others

Call 541-682-5111 (Eugene Police Department non-emergency line) 

Call 541-726-3714 (Springfield Police Department non-emergency line)

Lane County Public Health

Mental Health Crisis Program

Call 1-888-989-9990 (for parents of children through age 17)

Cahoots 

A division of WhiteBird CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) provides mobile crisis intervention 24/7 in the Eugene-Springfield Metro area.

HOOTS “Helping Out Our Teens in Schools”

Mon – Fri, 9a-4p Video support 11a-2p weekdays

24/7 Crisis Services Line, call 541-687-4000 or toll-free 1-800-422-7558. Eugene/Bethel Schools: call 541-246-2342
 PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Emergency Care

Emergency Department

Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District 1255 Hilyard Street, Eugene, OR 97401

911 for Emergencies 

Call: 541- 686-6931

Oregon YouthLine  (A services of LinesforLife.org)

(24/7/365)*

A chat-line for students. Teens are available to help daily from 4-10pm Pacific via call, text, chat or email (adults are available by phone at all other times). YouthLine is a free, confidential teen-to-teen crisis and help line. hps://www.instagram.com/theyouthline/?hl=en

Call: 1-877-968-8491

Text: teen2teen to 839863 

Email: Teen2Teen@LinesforLife.org

Lines for Life Student Suicide Assessment Line

Mon – Fri, 8:30A – 4:30P

Assistance for remote suicide risk assessment and safety planning. Can also be used by school staff for peer consultation.

Call: 503-575-3760
 National Suicide Prevenon Lifeline

(24/7/365)

Call or Text: 1-844-472-3367

Email tip@safeoregon.com 

Android and iOS apps available

 SafeOregon Tip Line

(24/7/365)

Call or Text: 1-844-472-3367

Email tip@safeoregon.com 

Android and iOS apps available

  The Trevor Project

A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide prevention phone service for LGBTQ youth via call, text, and chat. 

hps://www.instagram.com/trevorproject/?hl=en

(24/7/365)

Call: 1-866-488-7386 

Text: START to 678-678 Chat Link

YouthEra

YouthEra has a variety of virtual “drop-ins” on Discord, Twitch and Instagram. They also have a Eugene drop-in center at 965 Oak Alley M-F, 3-6pm

Call: 1-971-334-9295

Web portal

Other resources for parents and staff to consider:

 Looking Glass Youth and Family  Crisis Line Call: 541-689-3111
15th Night 

Support  and resources for unhoused youth and those working with them. 

Call or Text: 541-246-4046
 https://www.reachoutoregon.org/

Helpline available for parents of children who may be experiencing mental health concerns.

Parent Warmline: 1-833-REACH-OR 

Call: 1-833-732-2467

*(24/7/365) Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

  1. Contact the student’s current therapist or physician who provides care. Consider obtaining a release of information to share with trusted caregivers in the student’s life.
  2. Locate community therapists who may be available for a same-day evaluation (for families with insurance or other resources). Obtaining releases of information is appropriate.

*Adapted from Kim Roellig, Churchill HS, 4J 2020 & Lincoln HS, PPS 2020 Rev. 2020_10_20 v0.1b

At-Risk Student Populations

It is important for school districts to be aware of student populations that are at elevated risk for suicidal behavior based on various factors. 

Youth Living with Mental and/or Substance Use Disorders 

Mental health conditions, in particular depression/dysthymia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, eating disorders, intermittent explosive disorder, and conduct disorder are important risk factors for suicidal behavior among young people. An estimated one in four to five children have a diagnosable mental condition that will cause severe impairment, with the average onset of depression and dysthymia occurring between ages 11 and 14 years; therefore, school staff may play a pivotal role in recognizing and referring the student to treatment that may reduce risk and enhance overall performance and improve long-term outcomes. Though mental health conditions are a risk factor for suicide, the majority of people with mental health concerns do not engage in suicidal behavior. 

Youth Who Engage in Self-Harm or Have Attempted Suicide Suicide 

  Risk is significantly higher among those who engage in non-suicidal self-harm than among the general population. Whether or not they report suicidal intent, one study found that 70 percent of adolescents admitted into inpatient psychiatric treatment who engage in self-harm report attempting suicide at least once in their life. Additionally, a previous suicide attempt is a known powerful risk factor for suicide death. One study found that as many as 88 percent of people who attempt suicide for the first time and are seen in the Emergency Department go on to attempt suicide again within two years. Many adolescents who attempt suicide do not receive necessary follow-up care for many reasons, including limited access to resources, transportation, insurance, copays, parental consent, etc. 

Youth in Out-of-Home Settings   

Youth involved in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems have a high prevalence of risk factors for suicide. As much as 60 to 70 percent of young people involved in the juvenile justice system meet criteria for at least one psychiatric disorder, and youth in juvenile justice residential programs are three times more likely to die by suicide than the general youth population. According to a study released in 2018, nearly a quarter of youth in foster care had a diagnosis of major depression in the last year. Additionally, a quarter of foster care youth reported attempting suicide by the time they were 17.5 years old. 

Youth Experiencing Homelessness

For youth experiencing homelessness, the rate of self-injury, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts is over two times greater than those of the adolescent population in general. These young people also have higher rates of mood disorders, conduct disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. One study found that more than half of runaway and homeless youth experience suicidal ideation. 

American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Youth 

In 2017, the rate of suicide among AI/AN youth ages 15-19 was over 1.6 times that of the general youth population. Risk factors that can affect this group include substance use, discrimination, lack of access to mental health care, and historical trauma. For more information about historical trauma and how it can affect AI/AN youth, see ihs.gov/suicideprevention

LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning) Youth 

The CDC finds that LGBTQQ youth are 4.5 times more likely, and questioning youth are over twice as likely to consider attempting suicide as their heterosexual peers.  One study found that 40 percent of transgender people attempted suicide sometime in their lifetime — of those who attempted, 73 percent made their first attempt before the age of 18. Suicidal behavior among LGBTQ youth can be related to experiences of discrimination, family rejection, harassment, bullying, violence, and victimization. For those youth with baseline risk for suicide (especially those with a mental health condition), these experiences can place them at increased risk. It is not their sexual orientation or gender identity that place LGBTQ youth at greater risk of suicidal behavior, but rather these societal and external factors: the way they are treated, shunned, abused, or neglected, in concert with other individual factors such as mental health history. 

Youth Bereaved by Suicide

Studies show that those who have experienced suicide loss, through the death of a friend or loved one, are nearly four times as likely to attempt suicide themselves. 

Youth Living with Medical Conditions or Disabilities  

A number of physical conditions are associated with an elevated risk for suicidal behavior. Some of these conditions include chronic pain, loss of mobility, disfigurement, cognitive delays that make problem-solving a challenge, and other chronic limitations. Adolescents with asthma are more likely to report suicidal ideation and behavior than those without asthma. Additionally, studies show that suicide rates are significantly higher among people with certain types of disabilities, such as those with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries. 

Adapted from Beaverton Public Schools Suicide Prevention Plan 2020

Youth Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan