Recent studies have shown rural areas tend to have higher risk of suicide. Here in southern Oregon, the suicide rate is increasing, according to Jackson County Health and Human Services.
“If you do ask somebody and they say yeah they’re thinking about suicide the first thing to do is just to pause and listening. Just talk with them, hear them out,” Rick Rawlins, Jackson Health and Human Services, said.
NBC5 is partnering with Jackson County Mental Health to make suicide a topic of conversation through the ‘In This Together’ campaign.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, there is help available. You can call the national suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-talk. You can also text the crisis line at 7-4-1-7-4-1.
Anna Weeks is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oregon State University with a degree in Digital Communication Arts and a minor in writing. Previously, she interned with the National Association of Broadcasters at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Originally from the Portland area, Anna is excited to explore Southern Oregon. In her free time, she can be found reading, running or watching sports.