PORTLAND, Ore. — This month, newsrooms across the state are highlighting the public health crisis of death by suicide. Our goal of “Breaking the Silence” is to not only put a spotlight on a problem that claimed the lives of more than 800 Oregonians last year, but also examine research into how prevention can and does work and offer our readers, listeners and viewers resources to help if they – or those they know – are in crisis.
On Wednesday, KGW anchor Brenda Braxton posted a heartfelt message on her Facebook page:
I see you.
Even when you feel small and weak and unworthy—that’s not what I see.
I'll believe in your future, even if you can't.
I value you.
And you do matter despite the negative thoughts that tell you otherwise.
I'm sorry you're struggling. Angry. Over it.
I see you.
I welcome you.
I accept you, just as you are.
I don't have to know you to know we're connected.
You feel isolated but you're not alone.
Break the Silence.
Help is out there.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.
Lines for Life: (503) 244-5211
During the month of April, KGW-TV is joining with other newsrooms across Oregon reporting on the public health crisis of death by suicide.
Today I talked to Cristin Severance TV news about a piece she's working on. She's profiling a program at Lincoln High School that's saving kids' lives. I invite you to watch our conversation Thursday morning on Sunrise. Then tune in for her full report at 6pm.
Let's all do better. Let's all do more to help end the stigma surrounding mental illness. It's a MEDICAL CONDITION not a moral failing.
I promise to use my platform to stand with you and your loved ones who are hurting.
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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people in Oregon, a sobering statistic that administrators at Lincoln High School are determined to change.
KGW investigative reporter Cristin Severance visited the school in Southwest Portland to see how teachers, administrators, students and parents have changed the culture of the school to help prevent teen suicides. She joined KGW’s Brenda Braxton to discuss what she saw.
Cristin's full story will air during KGW News at 6 on Thursday night.
MORE BREAKING THE SILENCE COVERAGE
For a full list of stories from around the state, visit breakingthesilenceor.com
- Breaking the Silence: YouthLine serves as critical resource for teens in need
- Opinion: Through profound grief, I chose life
- Behind the badge: Suicide's toll on police, other first responders
- Salem parents offer advice after their teenagers died by suicide
- Straight Talk: Breaking the silence about suicide in Oregon
- Editorial: Help and hope for Oregon’s suicide crisis
- The connection between eviction and suicide
- Survey: Oregonians are more likely to think about suicide – but also more willing to prevent it
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 800-273-8255. The Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 crisis support by text. Text 741741 to be connected to a trained counselor.
Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.
The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at 503-988-4888.
If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call 503-963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.
Information about the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting http://portlandoregon.gov/police/bhu