Suicide Awareness & Prevention Council

2020 Team Starters
Letter to Applicants
Application Form
Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council Positions
Meeting dates
Task Group Idea Journal
Gathering Information
Unmet needs

Low Hanging Friut

Common Language
Events Calendar

Suicide 1990-2019 - U.S. | Oregon | Curry County
50 Leading Causes of Death
Leading cause of death for 15-54 year-old Oregonians - Oregon leads all states
Curry County leads all 36 Oregon counties in suicides per capita


2020 Team Starters

It's official. Twenty-one people applied for one of 15 stakeholder positions on the First Curry County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council. Today (012720), the Curry County Board of Commissioners filled those 15 positions. Here are the winners:

Law Enforcement - Maia Mello
First Responder - Nancy Torney
Medical Health - Michelle Hanna
Mental Health - Teresa Costa
Substance Abuse/Recovery - Beth Barker-Hidalgo
Youth Educator - Tim Wilson
Elder Services - Glenda Groff
Juvenile Programming - Alisha Wibking-Krohn
Veteran Services - Connie Hunter
Tribal Community - Katrina Upton
Youth Ambassador - Issabella H. Yermaak
Media - Kelly Schellong
Lay Person # 1 - Pat Piper
Lay Person # 2 - Katlyn Temple
Lay Person # 3 - Gordon Clay

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.


First meeting

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:

Odd months: Curry Public Library, 94341 3rd St, Gold Beach, OR 97444

Even Months: Chetco Public Library, 405 Alder St, Brookings, OR 97415

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 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

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.

3. ASAP: Fax the signed application to 541-247-2718 or email to and copy to me at for back up. I'll hand carry it up to make sure it gets there.

4. If you know someone who would be ideal for one of those positions, please pass this information on to them.


Gordon Clay | PO Box 12, Brookings, OR 97415 | |