(This video is the product of the hard work and dedication of Dallas High School students, Talewind Visuals, and the Mid-Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition)
"Suicidal thoughts or feelings can make us feel frightened or overwhelmed. We can feel crazy or worried we're going crazy or may be embarrassed to share what we're thinking with others. Or maybe we've tried to talk about it and were dismissed ("Come on, you don't really feel that way!"), or made fun of ("There you go again, you wimpy cry-baby!"), or not taken seriously ("You're always talking about that - one of these days maybe you'll do it"). Perhaps the people we talked to didn't know what to say so they just ignored us and said nothing. Just because we couldn't find someone who listened in a helpful way, though, doesn't mean we should give up! Talking about suicidal thoughts and feelings - with the right person - can make all the difference in the world. (The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide - www. wptsusa.org/teens/)
If you don't know an adult who would be helpful, please contact the Oregon Youthline or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Oregon Youthline - open 7 days a week from 4-10pm!
text: "teen2teen" to 839863
National Suicide Prevention Hotline - open 24/7!
text: "273TALK" to 839863
If you are concerned about a friend, click on the following:
Students can anonymously report or share confidential information of a threat or a potential threat to student safety by contacting the Oregon School Safety Tipline