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Suicide Prevention and Intervention in Eugene 4J

Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention with a mountain range behind the words

If you or someone you know may be experiencing a mental health crisis or is thinking about taking their own life, please see the resource list below or call or text 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.  If you have an emergency, please call 911.

For community resources including health and social services, go to https://www.211info.org/ or dial 211.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in youth and young adults ages 10-24 in Oregon.

Mental health professionals, including school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists and school nurses in the Eugene 4J School District have received specific training on procedures for intervening to help prevent suicides.  All school staff have received training on the risk factors for youth suicide and how to refer for additional help when a student may be having thoughts of suicide.

The information on this site should not be viewed as mental health advise.  Please contact your school administrator or mental health professional for additional support and expertise.


Suicide Prevention
Youth suicide prevention and mental health promotion requires a comprehensive approach to social and emotional wellness.  Students, staff and community members need to be informed about mental health, social and emotional learning (SEL), behavioral risks, and be provided skills to universally promote wellness.  Prevention activities include the intentional steps the district and schools take to provide positive mental health messaging, address the needs of higher risk populations, provide staff and student training to reduce risk, and talk about suicide in a safe, healthy and trauma informed manner.


Suicide Intervention
Intervention efforts begin with any individuals interacting with students, including staff, parents, peers and community members.  Universal gatekeeper training for all and rapid intervention protocols for mental health professionals can assist students who may be in a crisis involving suicidal thoughts or behaviors.  Intervention activities include the intentional steps that school staff take in the event of a student mental health crisis. Examples include suicide risk screening, contact protocols, engaging available resources, parental involvement, safety planning, re-entry planning, and potentially emergency services.


Suicide Postvention
Postvention means any compassionate, honest and effective “post-intervention” activities conducted after a suicide that impacts the school community.  Postvention seeks to reduce the risk of imitations or “contagion”, supports the needs of those bereaved by a suicide, provides safe messaging to students, families, and the community, and promotes the mental health of the entire school community.  Appropriate postvention activities serve as a way to enhance future prevention efforts and save lives.  Postvention includes procedures and practices addressing immediate, intermediate and long term response planning.   Postvention also involves active crisis response strategies that strive to treat the loss in similar ways to that of other sudden deaths within the school community and to return the school environment to its normal routine as soon as possible. It includes addressing communication with staff, students, outside providers and families, identifying other potentially at-risk students, and other difficult issues such as memorialization

  • 988 Lifeline

    Police/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

    Call or text 988

    911

    Call 541-682-5111 (Eugene PD non-emergency line)

    Call 541-726-3714 (Springfield)


    24/7 Crisis Services Line, call 541-687-4000 or toll-free 1-800-422-7558.

    Eugene/Bethel Schools: call (541) 246-2342

    Lane County Crisis Response Program

    Adults – Cahoots: 541-687-4000

    Children – Crisis Response Team: 1-888-989-9990

    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. https://www.instagram.com/theyouthline/?hl=en

    Call 1-877-968-8491

    Text teen2teen to 839863

    Chat link

    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 Prevention Lifeline

    (24/7/365)

    Call 1-800-273-8255

    Crisis Text Line

    (24/7/365)

    Text HOME to 741741

    SafeOregon Tipline

    All tips go immediately to a tip line technician 24×7. Tips are promptly analyzed and forwarded to designated personnel who can provide further assistance in resolving reported incidents.  (24/7/365)

    Call or Text 1-844-472-3367

    Email tip@safeoregon.com

    Web portal

    Android and iOS apps available

    The Trevor Project

    (24/7/365)

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

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

    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 (currently closed due to COVID)

    Call 1-971-334-9295

    Web portal

    Looking Glass Youth and Family Crisis Line

    Call 541-689-3111

    Oregon Family Support Network

    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