© 2023 KLCC

KLCC
136 W 8th Ave
Eugene OR 97401
541-463-6000
klcc@klcc.org

Contact Us

FCC Applications
Oregon's Willamette Valley seen from Eugene
NPR for Oregonians
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Suicide Prevention Can Come Down To A Conversation

Lane County Public Health has released its first-ever comprehensive suicide report and the findings raise concerns. 1,079 county residents killed themselves between 2000 and 2016.

One in four deaths by suicide was a veteran. And over 60-percent of men who died by suicide never sought mental health treatment before taking their life.

In addition to details on deaths, the report provides recommendations for life-saving. Roger Brubaker is Lane County’s Suicide Prevention Coordinator. He says reducing the stigma around suicide can start with talking about it.

“It could take the form of, ‘Sometimes when I see people as depressed as you or behaving the way you are, I get concerned for them. Sometimes they may even be thinking about taking their own life. Are you thinking about suicide?’”

Brubaker says that kind of non-judgmental, direct language can help someone in crisis feel safe. Lane County Public Health Department offers trainings on how to identify suicide risk and connect with resources.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
Related Content