"One of the more difficult challenges of parenting is realizing that you don't always know what your children are thinking and feeling. Feelings can be difficult subjects to discuss under the best of circumstances, so how in the world do you ask about feelings related to suicide? The first step is to learn about the factors that can put a teen at risk for suicide. There are lots of sites that list risk factors; spend some time reading them - the more you know, the better you'll be prepared for understanding what can put your child at risk". (The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide)
For additional information or to find out where you can get help, click on the following links and explore the following websites.
- Worried About Suicide? Learn the FACTS!
- Talking To Your Kids About Suicide
- I Am Worried About My Child (including What's The Next Step?)
- 12 Examples Validating Statements to Foster Empathy
- Postcards for Parents: Empathy and Validation
- Active Listening
- Advocate for your loved one during a crisis - A guide for parents while at the hospital emergency department (English) (Spanish)
- Take a mental health screening (online)
- How to find a therapist (USA Today article)
- If you have private insurance, click here to find mental health professionals near you.
- If you have OHP insurance, click here for more information regarding mental health services in Marion and Polk counties.
- To search for Mental Health treatment centers by zipcode, click on The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Behavioral Health Treatment Services locator
- To view suicide prevention videos created by Mid-Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition, click here.
- Helpful Apps:
- Common Sense Media - age based media reviews for families
- Protect Young Eyes - internet safety for families, schools, and churches
- NetSmartz - age appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on and off line (created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
Reach Out Oregon - a resource for parents caring for a child experiencing emotional, behavioral, and mental challenges
- Warmline 1-833-REACH-OR (T,W,TH 12-7pm)
There are free, drop in Suicide Loss Grief Support Groups for anyone experiencing a loss from suicide. These groups meet continuously throughout the year. No need to call, just drop in. NOTE: Due to COVID19 limitations, confirm with facilitator if in-person or virtual support is provided.
- 1233 Edgewater St. NW, Salem, OR
- 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm
- Facilitated by Bruce Carson 503-851-0861, firstname.lastname@example.org
- McMinnville Covenant Church (Chapel Room) 2155 NW 2nd St., Mcminnville, OR
- 2nd & 4th Sundays, 2:00 - 4:00pm
- Facilitated by Suicide Bereavement Support Inc. and NAMI Yamhill
- Benton Center 757 NW Polk Ave, Corvallis
- 1st Thursday of every month 4:00 - 5:00pm
- Facilitated by Corvallis Support After A Suicide
- Contact Stephanie Diegen @ email@example.com or www.facebook.com/CorvallisSAS for more information
To report an anonymous tip or share confidential information of a threat or a potential threat to student safety, contact the Oregon School Safety Tipline