Transitioning into adulthood can bring big changes and intense challenges. In Oregon, suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth aged 15-24, surpassed only by accidents. Youth suicide is a serious problem, but there is hope.
Bend-La Pine Schools is partnering with local law enforcement and health services agencies to host a series of events aimed at helping parents, community members and students learn more about youth suicide prevention. We are inviting all Bend-La Pine Schools parents, as well as middle and high school students, to attend one of three Hope & Help: The Reasons You Need to Know More About Youth Suicide community events throughout the region.
As a parent, it can be difficult at times to recognize the difference between typical problems teens have while growing up versus more serious issues. Parents and students will leave these Hope & Help events feeling empowered to talk about suicide and depression in productive and meaningful ways and with the resources they need to find help when needed.
We hope you will join us in this community conversation about preventing youth suicide. Together, we can do this.
Shay Mikalson, Superintendent