"Suicide is a topic that needs to be brought up more for the sake of those who are feeling suicidal at this very moment. People who feel suicidal need to know that it is OK to feel the way they're feeling. But they need to realize that it is OK to ask for help before it's too late. Suicide is not something to joke about. If you know someone is out there struggling to keep themselves alive, give them a reason for existing. Instead of sitting there watching them suffer, go ask them if they are alright. Most people these day don't realize that asking a simple question like "do you feel suicidal?" to someone you can see struggling, can actually save their lives.
Although it is not easy to just say those words, it isn't any easier to let someone kill themselves because they didn't feel like anyone cared enough. So for those of you who are struggling, reach out and ask for help. You can always call the suicide hotline, or just go to a trustworthy person in your life. On the other hand, for those of you who can spot someone showing signs of suicide, take action. Be there for them and show that person that you care about them. Even if you have no idea who that person is, you're saving a life.
Getting trained to read signs of suicide, how to help, and how to stop someone from attempting is important and everyone should learn. If we all pitch in and learn a few things here and there about suicide prevention, we could save many people. If we were trained, it wouldn't be so hard to communicate with someone who is trying to harm themselves because we would understand a little more of what they are feeling. Losing someone because you just don't understand them enough is something no one wants to live with for the rest of their lives. Help yourself and take some lessons by learning some basic steps on how to read signs, how to calmly approach the situation, and how to take action.
I want everyone to know that IT IS OK TO NOT BE OK. Don't be ashamed that you aren't OK. Just accept that you aren't and go get the help you need before the feelings get worse. It is OK to ask someone if they are suicidal. And it is OK to ask for help.
It will always be alright if you asked someone for help because you are important and belong here."
Call the Oregon Youthline at 1-877-968-8491 or text TEEN2TEEN to 839-863
Call the National Suicide Prevention LIfeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
1. Attend a Suicide Prevention Workshop
2. Learn the Warning Signs
3. Know your Local Resources
4. Ask Directly about Suicide
1. Share resources on your social media platforms
2. Join the Coalition Email List
3. Participate in Local Events
Polk County Crisis Line
Northwest Human Services
(503) 581-5535 or 1-800-560-5535
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
National Veteran Crisis Hotline
1-800-273-8255 Press 1
TEEN2TEEN to 839-863