MEDFORD, Ore. – With the increase in isolation this year, the suicide rate is up nationwide. However, Jackson County Mental Health told NBC5 it has seen a decrease in suicide.
The organization said for the past few years it has tried educating the community on mental health.
Now it believes all that hard work is paying off. Though crisis calls have increased, the county says that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
“What we do see often is when we have a lot of calls to crisis centers, the higher that number the lower suicide rates are,” said Kristin Fettig.
Fettig said educating middle and high school students on the importance of mental health is a big game-changer for the suicide rate.
NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university’s political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster’s Foundation.
Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]