Laura and I are humbled and thrilled with all the media coverage received for our small effort to put up notes of encouragement on the St. John’s Bridge. Read or watch the story by Portland’s Fox 12 here.
But this is really only the beginning. Would you like to take two hours out of your busy schedule and learn how to save a life? We are please to announce a free training available in our community. The two-hour “Suicide First Aid” class, offered through http://gettrainedtohelp.com, a tri-county initiative, is for lay people. No special background is required. It teaches essential skills for responding if somebody you know or love has reached out and appears to be at risk. The one-time session will be held in the evening, from 6-8 PM on Tuesday, January 15. 2019, at Vision 8 Studios at Cathedral Park Place. Training is open to all residents of Portland, OR and the surrounding area; however St. John’s residents have priority. The training is for everyone aged 18 and over.
If you are interested, sign up here.
Please click here for a comprehensive guide to suicide hotlines and other community resources in the area.
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.
Founding Members of the St. John’s Suicide Prevention Team: Elizabeth Gadwa, Laura Bee, and Kristen Gray
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org 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.
https://oregonyouthline.org For teens, they can call, text, chat and during certain hours can talk to peer support.
https://www.crisistextline.org Crisis Text Line, text HOME to 741741.
http://communitycounselingsolutions.org/warmline A peer-run program of Community Counseling Solutions.
https://www.thinkpacifica.com/anxiety-peer-support-groups Free online support peer support groups for stress, anxiety & depression.
https://www.translifeline.org – Peer support, hotline, and resources for the trans community.
https://www.thetrevorproject.org – 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
https://www.nami.org 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: https://namior.org/
http://gettrainedtohelp.com – Suicide First Aid. Free trainings in suicide prevention for the general public, youth workers, and more. Includes the ASIST curriculum.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/stjohnssuicideprevention – St. John’s Suicide Prevention Team. A community group helping reduce the incidence of suicides in Portland, Oregon and the St. John’s neighborhood.
https://multco.us/mhas/mental-health-crisis-intervention – Multnomah Crisis Intervention Resources (includes walk-in clinic).
https://www.co.washington.or.us/hawthorn – Walk-in trauma intervention program in Washington County.
https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org – Nationwide organization providing training to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis.
https://www.samhsa.gov/ebp-resource-center/ – Federally funded Evidence Based Practices Resource Center for mental and substance abuse disorders.
https://www.drugrehab.com/guides/suicide-risks/ – A guide to understanding the connection between Substance Abuse & Suicide.
https://bipolarlifecoach.com – A Portland-based practice offering one-on-one coaching to individuals with mood disorders, and their family and loved ones. Sliding scale spots available.
http://www.juliefast.com/ – A Portland-based site offering books and resources to individuals living with bipolar. The author also offers coaching services.
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