suicide loss survivor

Tiffany Eckert

A Lane County teen, who lost his friend to suicide, has started a non-profit to focus on the issue. We first met this young man earlier this year as part of our series on Suicide Loss.

Carson Lydon

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among Oregon youth. Only accidents kill more young people.

Last year, the Oregon Health Authority reported nearly 17% of eighth-graders and 18% of 11th-graders surveyed had seriously considered suicide over the previous year.  

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. The reason? Public health officials point to a growing population of high risk groups including people struggling with mental illness and addictions.

Chris Eilers

Over the last 20 years, the suicide rate has increased by over 25%. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the majority of suicide-related deaths are still among men and boys. But after a deep look, statistics show the number of women and girls dying from suicide has risen dramatically.  

In the first story from our series Suicide Loss Survivors -- KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert shares the story of a Eugene man who learned to overcome feelings of guilt and abandonment after his wife took her own life--leaving him alone to parent their two young children.