During National Suicide Prevention Week, The Skanner is working to break the silence alongside other media outlets in Oregon. What follows is a list of resources for individuals in crisis and for those seeking support in grief.
To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (call 24/7): 1-800-273-TALK or text '273TALK' TO 839863 or visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/ to chat with a counselor. Individuals in mental health crisis may also contact the Multnomah County Crisis Line at (503) 988-4888.
To reach Lines for Life’s teen-to-teen crisis and help line, call 877-968-8491 or text teen2teen to 839863.Chat at www.oregonyouthline.org. Teens (who are supervised by a clinician) are available to help daily from 4 to 10 p.m. Pacific Time. Off-hour calls will be answered by Lines for Life.
The Trevor Project offers support to LGBT youth up to age 25. Call 1-866-488-7386, text START to 678678 or visit https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/ to chat with a counselor online.
Trans Lifeline operates a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers in the US and Canada. It operates daily from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Pacific Time. To reach Trans Lifeline, call 877-565-8860.
Top reach the Lines for Life military helpline – available for service members, veterans, and their families that is independent of any branch of the military or government -- call 888-457-4838 (24/7/365) or text MIL1 to 839863 (8am-11pm PST daily).
Individuals and family members seeking crisis intervention, treatment referral, and chemical-dependency information can call 800-923-4357 (24/7/365) or text RecoveryNow to 839863 (8am-11pm PST daily).
Lines for Life operates a crisis line to support seniors in the community who are feeling lonely and having difficulty connecting. Seniors may call 503-200-1633.
Suicide Bereveament Support Northwest operates several support group meetings throughout the Portland metro area. For a full list of meetings and contacts, visit https://sbsnw.org.