Suicide Awareness & Prevention Council
Nation's Public-Private Partnership for Suicide
It's official. Twenty-one people applied for one of 14 stakeholder and 3 Lay positions on the First Curry County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council. Today (012720), the Curry County Board of Commissioners filled all but 2 of those positions. Here are the winners:
Law Enforcement - Maia
If you know any of these people, thank them for volunteering to take point on one of the stakeholder task groups. Offer your emotional support, and if appropriate, offer to assistant them in gathering information, brain storming, project development, and implementation. After all, it takes a village to reverse suicidal ideation, so become part of the solution. See Letter to Council Applicants and Application Form
All of our meetings are public meetings where all citizens are welcome. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month starting at 5:30-7:30 pm.
The inagural meeting was held on February 5th in the Blue Room in the Curry County offices at 94235 Moore Street in Gold Beach. All 15 initial members of the Council and the Board of Commisioner's Liason were in attendance. A video of the first 20 minutes is available at: Curry County Voices
Future meetings: (Notice: Until further notice, all meetings will be held through Video Conferencing. Click here for directions.)
Odd months: Curry Public Library,
94341 3rd St, Gold Beach
Even Months: Chetco Community
Public Library, 405 Alder St, Brookings
Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council Positions - Original deadline was January 16, 2020 - Still looking to fill two positions
This was a request asking qualified applicants to apply for a position on the new Curry County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council
We were looking for 17 people who are currently involved with one of the 14 categories of Curry County stakeholders listed below, to apply for a position on the Curry County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council to share their intimate knowledge of how that group is impacted by suicide. Joining the others to determine what works, what can be done better and what areas still are problematic in preventing suicidal behaviors. We have currently filled 15 of those positions. We have an opening for a "City Mayor, Council member or City Administrator" and a "Faith Based leader", currently working in such organization located in Curry County, Oregon.
During this last September's Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, eight newspapers in Del Norte County, California and Coos Bay and Curry Counties in Oregon, ran a 16-page, four color magazine called Suicide Awareness and Prevention: Finding Hope.(see at https://bit.ly/2koUGdQ) This campaign inspired the Curry County Board of Commissioners to establish a Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council.
The Curry County Board of Commissioners passed Ordinance 19-12 which amends the Curry County Code to create a Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council. It will consist of 17 members of agencies and societal segments that are impacted by, provide for and influence awareness, prevention and suicidal attempts.
The Council will be made up of one member from each of these groups: Law enforcement; First responder (EMT or fire); Medical Health (doctor, nurse, hospital board member, or community care organization member): Youth educator; Behaviorial Health (social worker, therapist, counselor or peer support specialist trained in suicidality); Substance abuse/recovery person; Elder services; Juvenile programming; Veterans programming or service; City mayor or administrator; Tribal community member; Faith based leader; Youth ambassador; someone from Media plus three lay people who are not actively involved in any of the above groups.
How to apply
The application form can be found at https://bit.ly/2Qaub7Y
1. Put an X in the "Other" box and write "Suicide Council" and note which position you are applying for.
2. Fill out the application. In providing information regarding your qualifications, it would be valuable to include your lived experience with suicide or the impact of someone's suicide or attempt.
4. If you know someone who would be
ideal for one of those positions, please pass this
information on to them.
1. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
2. In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans died by suicide. In addition:
3. 1.4 million Americans attempted suicide, and
4. 10.6 million Americans thought seriously about ending their lives.
5. Lifetime medical and work-loss costs due to suicides and suicide attempts are estimated at almost $70 billion per year.
6. The rate of suicide in the United States rose by about 30 percent in the last two decades.
7. There are 1.5 times more gun suicides each year than gun homicides.
8. Having access to a firearm triples the risk of death by suicide.
9. Firearms were used in more than half of suicides in 2017.
10. For each 10 percentage-point increase in household gun ownership, the youth suicide rate increases by more than 25 percent.
11. About 85 percent of those who attempt suicide with a gun die compared to only about five percent without a gun.
12. The firearm suicide rate is almost 10 times higher in the United States than in other highincome countries.
13. Americans living in rural areas are almost 75 percent more likely to die by gun suicide than those in urban areas.
14. Men are 6.5 times more likely to die by gun suicide than women.
15. White men are more than seven times as likely to die by gun suicide as gun homicide.
16. The firearm suicide death rate for
older men in rural areas is more than 20 times the rate for
older women in metropolitan areas
Breaking the Silence
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