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Jackson County Hosts Suicide Prevention Training

After the two celebrities died by suicide last week, one organization wants to make sure the community knows they are not alone. The Jackson County Suicide Prevention Coalition aims to help others heal after a suicide shakes a community.

Posted: Jun 12, 2018 6:10 PM
Updated: Jun 12, 2018 6:17 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. —  After the two celebrities died by suicide last week, one organization wants to make sure the community knows they are not alone. The Jackson County Suicide Prevention Coalition aims to help others heal after a suicide shakes a community.

According to the Suicide Prevention Coalition, death by suicide has increased across the United States. Oregon's rates are 33 percent higher than the national average and Jackson County's suicide rates are *double the national average. Since 'why' is a difficult question to answer and one with many moving parts, today's training focused how a suicide can impact a community through “postvention” efforts.

"Postvention is the training that we give communities to be prepared when a sudden death or suicide occurs and how do we respond so we can help the person heal, or the family and community heal," said the Jackson County Mental Health Crisis Services Manager Rick Rawlins.

It also aims to help prevent more suicides from happening in the future and help people get access to resources and treatment.
"Postvention efforts become prevention efforts. As we have better postvention and better efforts after a sudden death occurs, we do a better job containing the contagion that decreases the overall suicide rate and it becomes a prevention effort," Rawlins added.

Below are a few local resources:
Jackson County Crisis Services (24/7): (541) 774-8201
140 South Holly Street
Medford, OR 97501
Crisis Walk-in: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Crisis Text Line: Text 741741

WinterSpring Grief Support

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7): 1(800) 273-TALK (8255), Veterans: Press 1

If you are interested in other trainings like this one, head here

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