New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that from 2018 to 2021, the number of youth suicides in Oregon has slowly gone down, while the number of suicides among adults has gone up.
In 2018, there were 129 suicides by people 24 years old or younger in the state. Even though the number of suicide deaths among young people fell from 833 in 2020 to 95 in 2021, the number of suicide deaths among all ages rose from 833 to 889.
In 2019, 901 people in Oregon killed themselves, which was a record number. According to the most recent figures from the CDC, Oregon has the 17th highest suicide rate in the country.
“Suicide is a complex issue, and the reason someone dies by suicide is never simple or singular,” said Meghan Crane, suicide prevention coordinator at the Oregon Health Authority. “Similarly, we cannot point to any one factor for trends in suicide rates.”
Preliminary data for 2022 shows that the number of suicide deaths among people of all ages will go up, and Crane said that the state doesn’t expect suicide deaths among young people to go down further.
The Oregon Health Authority updated its plan to avoid suicide among young people in 2021, but it hasn’t put out a plan for all ages yet because lawmakers haven’t given it enough money, said Dean Carson, a spokesman for the Oregon Health Authority.
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Oregonians who want to help can work with local groups to stop suicide. Most of the counties in Oregon have area programs.
A charity in Oregon called Lines for Life holds free suicide prevention training every month. These trainings teach “Question, Persuade, Refer” techniques.
Lines for Life says that this method teaches people how to “recognize someone who is at risk, ask them about suicidal thoughts, help them get help, and give them hope.” Thursday at noon is the next video training.
If you or someone you know is thinking about ending their life, you can get help. You can call or text 988 for private help at any time, or you can go to 988lifeline.org.