You have the power to help people going through a mental health crisis.
You don't need to be an expert to be a part of this work — just a good listener. If you notice someone who might be struggling — start a conversation. And if all is well, that person will know you're someone who cares enough to ask. Asking, "Are you okay?" can change lives.
Be there for someone who might be struggling or in crisis
- Learn the warning signs of suicide, and the five actions for communicating with someone in crisis.
- Take a training! Sign up for Mental Health First Aid and other trainings.
- Find data on mental health and suicide in your community.
Ask the Question Project
The Ask the Question Project shines a light on the lived experience of suicide attempt survivors, through a lens of hope and connection. This collaboration with the Clackamas Arts Alliance works to break down the stigma often associated with suicide.
This peer-led support group from FolkTime offers a place for people who have attempted suicide or who have experienced suicidal ideation to talk and be heard. This group meets virtually every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m.
Useful Phone Numbers
- Clackamas County Crisis Line
Provides 24/7, free, and confidential support.
- Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 24/7 | crisistextline.org/texting-in
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Provides 24/7, free, and confidential support. Military veterans may press ‘1’ for specialized care.
- Oregon Youthline
Text: teen2teen to 839863
- Senior Loneliness Line
Provides 24/7, free, and confidential support to older adults.
- The Trevor Project Suicide Prevention Lifeline for LGBTQ youth
- Trans Lifeline's Peer Support Hotline
Peer support service run by trans people.
- Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 press #1
Suicide Prevention Coalition of Clackamas County
This community-led coalition collaborates on ways to prevent suicide and support people who have experienced suicide loss. Those participating decide the priorities for action.
Examples of priorities include:
- Encourage outreach and communication for suicide prevention
- Improve equitable access and coordination for treatment, services & supports
- Increase awareness of risk factors and warning signs
The coalition meets the third Tuesday of every month (except August) at 4:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Email Kathy Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.