Roger Brubaker

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As the pandemic stretches into yet another week, health officials are reminding people that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, advice on keeping encouraged during the pandemic opened today’s  daily briefing by Lane County Public Health.

This week’s City Club of Eugene: Suicide as a Public Health Emergency, contains descriptions that some listeners might find disturbing. About 15 minutes in to the show we’ll hear from a suicide survivor who recounts a suicide attempt that includes graphic depictions. If you or anyone you know is in trouble or has any questions about getting help, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.

From the City Club of Eugene:

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.

Tiffany Eckert

The rate of suicide in Lane County is 50 percent greater than the national average. In a new comprehensive suicide report, Lane County Public Health details circumstances of suicide deaths.