An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Life

By DeAnna Pearl, MAT, BS, CPS, SOS Tillamook Prevention Program, Tillamook Family Counseling Center Many efforts to prevent suicide focus on why people take their lives, how a person attempts suicide (the means they use) plays a key role in whether they live or die. Restricting access to lethal/harmful means of self-harm is an important strategy for preventing […]

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Mind Our Mind Headlines: Media’s Impact on Community Health

It is very important to address trauma, including mental health, suicide and violence in our community.  However, we can do it through a lens that provides trauma informed information sharing while empowering our community with knowledge of long-term consequences of our choices. This also goes for the long-term consequence of our positive actions. While the urban […]

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A Stone of Hope: Building a Suicide Safer Community

“Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”  These words of Dr. Martin Luther King were never truer than on Friday and Saturday of January 18-19th.   Seventeen (17) individuals registered and completed this two-day course with one thing in mind, creating a suicide safer community.  In a partnership Tillamook Veterans Services and Columbia […]

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Inventory of Thoughts: Perspective of the Person with Thoughts of Suicide

People arrive at suicide crisis for many reasons but, typically, it’s because they’re overwhelmed by a problem they may not be able to solve themselves. Stress becomes anxiety if left unchecked.  Anxiety can lead to depression.  Depression can lead to hopelessness that can lead to a person with thoughts of suicide.  Left unchecked, an adverse […]

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Offering Hope: Creating a Suicide Safer Community

Every time I do a presentation, training or outreach, I get the same questions and comments:  How can you talk to someone who is suicidal?  OR I am afraid to ask the person if they are suicidal because it might cause them to do it.  My response every time is, “I might be the only […]

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June 12, 2019

Offering Hope: Creating a Suicide Safer Community

Offering Hope Creating a Suicide Safer Community by:  DeAnna Pearl, Certified Prevention Specialist Every time I do a presentation, training or outreach, I get the same questions and comments:  How can you talk to someone who is suicidal?  OR I am afraid to ask the person if they are suicidal because it might cause them to […]

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October 29, 2018

Problem Gambling and Suicidal Behavior

Problem Gambling and Suicidal Behavior A Primer for Law Enforcement Expert from Tony Salvatore  Law enforcement personnel often see the collateral damage caused by problem gambling, sometimes in themselves or their peers. Yet, they may know less about the most harmful effect—the substantial suicide risk that problem gamblers bear. Several lists of major suicide risk […]

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October 29, 2018

Suicide Safer Communities Are NOT a Moral Failing

Suicide Safer Communities Are NOT a Moral Failing Mental Health, Suicide and Depression  Crisis Resources Tillamook Family Counseling Center (24 Hours) (503) 842-8201 OR (800) 962-2851 Oregon Lines for Life (877) 273-8255 Nacional para la Prevención de Suicidio (888) 628-9454 (servicio en español) 44,965 people died of suicide in 2017, more than car accidents, prostate […]

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October 29, 2018