For Immediate Help

  • For emergencies call 9-1-1 or go to your local emergency room.
  • Deschutes County Health Services 24-Hour Crisis Hotline (or to make an appointment), call (541) 322-7500, ext. 9.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.  Available 24/7.
    • For Veterans, press #1
    • Aduda en español llame 1-888-628-9454.
    • Hearing and speech impaired, call 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)

Get Involved

The Deschutes County Suicide Prevention Alliance seeks to reduce suicide attempts and deaths across the lifespan.  The Alliance meets quarterly.  For more information on the Alliance and/or to receive general announcements about suicide prevention, please contact David Visiko at (541) 388-6606 or david.visiko@deschutes.org.

 

Upcoming Events

Lots of events are on the horizon!   Join us in one, two, or all of the events to learn more about how to prevent suicide and suicide attempts.  As a community, WE CAN work TOGETHER to get people the help that is needed.

Hope & Help Education Series:  As a parent, it is difficult at times to recognize the difference between the typical problems teens have while growing up verses the more serious ones. These Hope & Help events will empower parents and youth to talk about suicide and depression in productive, meaningful ways and how to find resources. Hear from physicians, suicide prevention specialists, law enforcement leaders and family members who are survivors of youth suicide.  

During these interactive sessions, parents and students alike will learn how they can help normalize conversations about suicide prevention, how to find resources in our community that support youth and adults through stressful times, and how to help our children navigate current entertainment in ways that facilitate increased parent-child communication.  Spread the word and Join Us for one of these events in a community near you.

QPR:  QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer - 3 simple 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 signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.  Spread the word and Join Us this summer.

  • Wednesday, August 16, 6:00-7:30 PM at St Charles in conference rooms A & B, 2500 NE Neff Road, Bend.

More information including downloadable flyers can be found under Resources, Supporting Documents, and Web Links toward the bottom of this page.

Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Two Suicide Bereavement Support Groups in our area:

  • 2nd Monday of the Month, 7-8:30 p.m.  Located at Partners In Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend.  Trained facilitators are Alison Sorenson and Herb Baker.  For more information contact Alison Sorenson, (541) 610-9500 or alison@alisonsorensoncounseling.com.
  • Redmond area group.  The trained facilitator is Herb Baker.  Call for more information contact Herb Baker, (503) 708-3047 or herbandjudy@yahoo.com.

Outreach Visits for Survivors of Suicide Loss:

The American Foundation for Suicide Loss (AFSP) Survivor Outreach Program provides outreach visits for bereaved survivors of suicide loss and their families.  Local trained volunteers from the Oregon Chapter of AFSP, who are survivors themselves, are on hand to listen with compassion, offer reassurance that surviving a suicide loss is possible and provide information about helpful books, support groups, healing conferences and other resources.  To request a visit or for more information visit http://afsp.org/find-support/ive-lost-someone/survivor-outreach-program/.  Request a visit through your local AFSP Chapter by contacting the Oregon coordinator via email or phone number as listed on the website.

Resources

Browse the links and Supporting documents at the bottom of this page.  Listed are several 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.