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Help is Always Available For Anyone Considering Suicide

Recent apparent celebrity suicides have drawn attention to an issue that is ever-present in our society. But help is never far away.

Posted: Jun. 8, 2018 4:46 PM
Updated: Jun. 8, 2018 4:48 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — The apparent suicides of celebrities Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade may be recent and notable, but they also serve to highlight an issue that affects people from all walks of life, every day, all across the world.

However, there are always places to go and people to speak to for help.

Locally, Jackson County mental health officials want to remind members of the community that there are endless resources for anyone struggling with mental illness or suicidal thoughts.

Jackson County Mental Health has therapists available 24/7. They will see anybody who walks in, regardless of insurance, they can be free based on the individual's need, and services can also be reached over the phone.

Meanwhile, Jackson County Mental Health Services will host a suicide prevention training on Tuesday. They aim to focus on how a community can react in a healthy way after a suicide, and prevent more from happening. They will also provide resources for survivors of suicide. The training is set for 1-5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12 at the Health and Human Services building on S Holly Street.

According to the Center for Disease Control, Oregon has seen almost a 30 percent increase in suicides since 1999. Those statistics are worst in rural counties.

There are several things to watch for in a person who may be suicidal:

 - Talking about committing suicide.
 - Having trouble eating or sleeping.
 - Drastic changes in behavior.
 - Withdrawing from friends.
 - Giving away prized possessions.

Veterans are one of the groups most affected by suicide. The Veterans' Administration (VA) says that about 20 veterans commit suicide per day, and 70 percent of veterans who take their lives are not regular users of the VA.

Here are some important phone numbers:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
National Crisis Text Line:
Jackson County 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 54-774-8201

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