Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — a time to raise
awareness on this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. In addition to
shifting public perception, we use this month to spread hope and vital
information to people affected by suicide. Our goal is ensuring that
individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need
to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.

While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide
Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come
together with collective passion and strength around a difficult subject.
The truth is, we can all benefit from honest conversations about mental
health conditions and suicide — just one conversation can save a life. Learn
more at

Throughout the month of September, NAMI will highlight “Together for
Mental Health,” which encourages people to bring their voices together to
advocate for better mental health care, including a crisis response system.
NAMI wants any person experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviors to
have a number to call, a system to turn to, that would connect them to the
treatment and support they need.

Individual Impact:
• 78% of all people who die by suicide are male.
• Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are nearly 4x more
likely to die by suicide.
• Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10–34 and
the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S.
• The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 35% since 1999.
• 46% of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition.
• While nearly half of individuals who die by suicide have a diagnosed
mental health condition, research shows that 90% experienced symptoms.

Community Impact:
• Annual prevalence of serious thoughts of suicide, by U.S. demographic
– 4.8% of all adults
– 11.8% of young adults aged 18–25
– 18.8% of high school students
– 46.8% of lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students
• Some of the highest rates of suicide in the U.S. are among American
Indian/Alaska Native and non-Hispanic white communities.
• Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than
straight youth.
• Transgender adults are nearly 12x more likely to attempt suicide than the
general population.
• Suicide is the leading cause of death for people held in local jails.


Promote Hope Yoga Class
Friday, Sept. 10, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.,
Love Bird Yoga Studio, 418 SW 6th St., Redmond
A gentle and mellow flow, ending with Yoga Nidra for peace and restoration. This class is free/donation based and in support of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Donations will be given to Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance. Suggested donation of $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Sign up at

Deschutes County Board of Commissioners Suicide Prevention Month Proclamation
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m., Virtual Meeting
The Deschutes County Board of Commissioners recognize September as Suicide Prevention Awareness month in Deschutes County. The proclamation will include a brief presentation on Deschutes County suicide data. Join virtually at

Candlelight Vigil
Thursday, Sept. 16, 7 – 8:00 p.m.,
Bend-La Pine Schools Education Center Front Lawn, 520 NW Wall St., Bend
This event is for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. The Vigil includes music, a candle lighting ceremony and a local loss survivor who will share their story. Attendees will have the opportunity to light a candle to honor their loved one at sunset.

If you or someone you love is struggling with thoughts of suicide, help is a phone call or click away:

  • Deschutes County Crisis Line: 541-322-7500 x9
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance’s Resource page:
  • If you are 55 or older and feeling isolated or just want to have a friendly conversation, call the Senior Loneliness Line at 503-200-1633
  • If you are 21 years old or younger and want support for any problem, big or small, text teen2teen to 839863 or call YouthLine at 1-877-968-8491.

For more information, visit or contact Caroline Suiter at (541) 322-7420. 

American Foundation of Suicide Prevention – Out of Darkness Walk

Date: 10/16/2021
Location: Virtual 
Event Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Kelly Wilder 
Contact Phone: 541-771-4721 
Contact Email: