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Suicide Prevention

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The Deschutes County Suicide Prevention Advisory Council seeks to reduce suicide attempts and deaths across the lifespan.  The Council meets monthly and is currently working to provide consistent and credible suicide prevention/intervention training for both the public and professionals.  For more information, please contact Jessica Jacks at (541) 330-4632 or jessica.jacks@deschutes.org

Upcoming Events

Suicide Prevention Training, March 20, 2014

A QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) presentation will be provided Thursday, March 20, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Westside Church West Campus, 2051 NW Shevlin Park Rd., Bend.  There is no charge.  Snacks will be provided.  Registration is not required for this event. 

This presentation is designed for the general public and suitable for mature adolescents.  QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer - 3 steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.  Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning sings of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. 

Registration is open for-- ASIST, April 2 and 3

A two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is planned for April 2 and 3, 2014.  Payment and registration is required.  Registration and more information can be found at the following link:   www.asistinmadras.eventbrite.com.

ASIST is designed to help caregivers recognize risk and to learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. The workshop is for all caregivers or persons in a position of trust. This includes professionals, paraprofessionals and lay people. It is suitable for mental health professionals, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, teachers, counselors, youth workers, police and correctional staff, school support staff, clergy and community volunteers. For more information please visit the LivingWorks website.

For More Information

To receive general announcements about suicide prevention, please contact Jessica Jacks, (541) 330-4632 or jessica.jacks@deschutes.org and provide your name, phone number and e-mail address.


Browse the links below to find resources to help someone who is suicidal, learn more about the risks and protective factors for suicide, and find out how to get training on suicide prevention from professionals.

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