Last week – tragically timed between the high-profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain – the CDC released a report examining suicide rates across the nation. Sadly, in nearly every state, suicide rates are on the rise, with Oregon seeing a 28.2% increase from 1999 to 2016. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among Oregonians ages 10-24. Even harder to hear, the CDC says that more than half of the people who die by suicide do not have a known mental health condition, which likely means they were not getting the help or support they needed.
Learn the signs and symptoms of depression, so you can help someone who may be struggling:
- Frequent sadness, tearfulness, crying
- Decreased interest in activities; or inability to enjoy previously favorite activities
- Persistent boredom; low energy
- Social isolation, poor communication
- Low self-esteem and guilt
- Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure
- Increased irritability, anger, or hostility
- Difficulty with relationships
- Frequent complaints of physical illnesses such as headaches and stomachaches
- Frequent absences from school or poor performance in school
- Poor concentration
- A major change in eating and/or sleeping patterns
- Talk of or efforts to run away from home
- Thoughts or expressions of suicide or self-destructive behavior
5 Steps to Help Someone in Crisis (from #BeThe1To)
- Keep them safe.
- Be there.
- Help them connect.
- Follow up.
Suicide Prevention Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Local Crisis Lines
- Multnomah County: (503) 988-4888
- Clackamas County: (503) 655-8585
- Washington County: (503) 291-9111