Breaking the Silence: Addressing Oregon's suicide crisis

THEFT AND TAMPERING WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE AT LAST CHECK, THE MAYOR'S OFFICE HASN'T MADE A DECISION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THAT PHOTO WILL BE REPLACED

JENNY: IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THE MAYOR'S OFFICE RESPONSE AND IF THEY REPLACE IT IT IS 6:35 THIS WEEK, KOIN 6 NEWS IS TEAMING UP WITH MEDIA OUTLETS THROUGHOUT THE REGION TO SHINE A LIGHT ON SUICIDE AND DO WHAT WE CAN TO ADDRESS A GROWING PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS KEN: THE EFFORT IS CALLED BREAKING THE SILENCE AND THIS MORNING, REPORTER ELISE HAAS JOINS US TO EXPLAIN WHY THE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO DIE BY SUICIDE IN OREGON EACH YEAR IS ONLY PART OF THE CONCERNING AND STAGGERING STATISTICAL STORY

ELISE: KEN AND JENNY, ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS MEDIA OUTLETS LIKE KOIN 6 ARE PARTNERING UP WITH LINES FOR LIFE AND CHOOSING TO TALK ABOUT SUICIDE IS BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU SAID, THIS IS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS OREGON HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST SUICIDE RATES IN THE NATION WE HAVE BEEN ABOVE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR THE PAST THREE DECADES BUT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO DIE IS FAR OUTWEIGHED BY THE PEOPLE WHO CONTEMPLATE IT TAKE A LOOK AT THESE NUMBERS

BASED ON THE MOST RECENT STATISTICS FROM 2017, 825 PEOPLE IN OREGON DIED BY SUICIDE FOR EVERY ONE DEATH, 280 PEOPLE THINK ABOUT SUICIDE AND DON'T GO THROUGH WITH IT THIS ADDS UP TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN OUR REGION CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE, THOSE ARE HUGE NUMBERS THAT WE NEED TO BE TALKING ABOUT WHILE EXPERTS CAN'T EXPLAIN ALL THE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO WHAT LEADS TO SUICIDE, IT IS COMPLEX AND DIFFERENT FOR EACH AND EVERY PERSON WE CAN SAY THAT THOSE WHO EXPERIENCE SUICIDAL THOUGHTS ARE FAR FROM ALONE

THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING FIND HOPE AND HEALING AND ONE OF THE BEST RESOURCES IN OREGON IS LINES FOR LIFE SO, TAKE A LOOK AT THE NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN RIGHT NOW 800-273-8255 IT IS A 24/7 SUICIDE HELP LINE THAT DE-ESCALATES MORE THAN 95% OF THEIR CRISIS CALLS

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE IS EXPERIENCING THESE SORTS OF THOUGHTS, START UP THE CONVERSATION

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