Lane County suicide rates stand high about nation average

Photo credit: MGN Online

LANE COUNTY, Ore. - The State of Oregon is seeing higher rates of suicides than the national average, and in Lane County, those rates are even higher.

Lane County Public Health Officials want you to know that if you're feeling suicidal or know someone who is, there is help for you.

Common warning signs to look for are depression, recent trauma and substance abuse.

The Suicide Prevention coordinator for Lane County Public Health says that having an open conversation about suicide can be the difference in saving a life.

"Suicide is preventable, often times suicide crisis are temporary and we are able to support and be compassionate to people who are suffering from a crisis," said Roger Brubaker, the Suicide Prevention Coordinator. "We can get them through that period and on the other side we can make a difference and save their lives."

Lane County Public Health advises anyone to look for help if needed. The National Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off