Crisis Resources

Crisis Resources

I’ve put together a list of helpful national and local Portland, OR resources for mental health and suicide prevention. This list reflects that there is not a one-size fits all solution — text or online chat may be a better option for somebody who doesn’t have privacy to talk, and with “warmlines,” people may wish to seek help even if their life is not imminently in danger. Please let me know if any of these links are broken, or if you have new ones to suggest. Thank you, and be well.

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Founding Members of the St. John’s Suicide Prevention Team: Elizabeth Gadwa, Laura Bee, and Kristen Gray

Helplines The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Telephone and online chat available. For teens, they can call, text, chat and during certain hours can talk to peer support. Crisis Text Line, text HOME to 741741.  A peer-run program of Community Counseling Solutions.  Free online support peer support groups for stress, anxiety & depression. – Peer support, hotline, and resources for the trans community. – A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.

877-226-3111 – Addiction Hotline

503-300-1633 – Clackamas Senior Loneliness Line

844-228-2962 – Eating Disorder Hotline

877-455-0628 – Self Harm Hotline

888-640-5174 – Depression Hotline

Clackamas County Mental Health Crisis Line (503) 655-8585

Multnomah County Mental Health Crisis Line (503) 988-4888

Washington County Mental Health Crisis Line (503) 291-9111

Suicide Prevention Cards - PDX Local

Community Resources NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Oregon NAMI Chapter: – Suicide First Aid. Free trainings in suicide prevention for the general public, youth workers, and more. Includes the ASIST curriculum. – St. John’s Suicide Prevention Team. A community group helping reduce the incidence of suicides in Portland, Oregon and the St. John’s neighborhood. – Multnomah Crisis Intervention Resources (includes walk-in clinic). – Walk-in trauma intervention program in Washington County. – Nationwide organization providing training to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis. – Federally funded Evidence Based Practices Resource Center for mental and substance abuse disorders. – A guide to understanding the connection between Substance Abuse & Suicide. – A Portland-based practice offering one-on-one coaching to individuals with mood disorders, and their family and loved ones. Sliding scale spots available. – A Portland-based site offering books and resources to individuals living with bipolar. The author also offers coaching services.

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Will Small Business Go the Way of the Pay Phone?

Will Small Business Go the Way of the Pay Phone?

Tomorrow, a beloved St. John’s neighborhood restaurant, Dub’s St. John’s, will be closing. The decision to close was a matter of economics, the owners say. Even though they appeared busy and popular, they simply could not keep the doors open. I have spoken with the owner, and we hope to run an interview on their new catering business in the near future. But news of this closure got me thinking — or rather, it jumpstarted some thoughts that had been a long time rumbling.

I would like to invite you to a focus group about technology, community, and sustaining independent businesses. Time, location, and date TBA. Snacks and drinks provided.

The purpose of this session is to brainstorm actual features and requirements for a new app, to be developed for launch in January 2019. Format will be based on the IDEO design thinking methodology.

You are welcome to attend, if you are A) over 21; B) a resident of the Portland metro area; C) a user of the Internet and/or social media. We will cap the session at 20 respondents; if we get more than that we may organize additional sessions. We have about 270 person hours earmarked for this project, and we’re hoping to do something memorable and cool.

Please use the site’s contact form to respond if you are interested; let me know what times and dates are good, and also any dietary needs and preferences.