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Events Aimed at Youth Suicide Prevention

Parents, Students Invited to Upcoming Events

Article Date: May 22, 2017

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.

Hope & Help: The Reasons You Need to Know About Youth Suicide

  • Redmond: May 31, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at High Desert Education Service District
  • Bend: June 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Charles Bend in conference rooms A and B
  • Sisters: June 14, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Sisters Middle School
  • La Pine: July 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at La Pine High School
  • Prineville: July 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Barnes Butte Elementary School


  • Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Text 273TALK to 839-863
  • Call the local crisis line at 541-322-7500 Ext. 9
  • Contact school counseling center or other mental health professional
  • Visit the crisis walk-in center, 2577 NE Courtney, Bend, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Oregon YouthLine (teen-to-teen crisis and help line): call 877-968-8491, text teen2teen to 839863 or visit

We hope you will join us in this community conversation about preventing youth suicide. Together, we can do this.

Thank you,

Shay Mikalson, Superintendent

Read more about the Hope & Help events:

Local Leaders Urge Families to Learn about Youth Suicide Prevention

Safe Schools Alliance Partners Kickoff Youth Suicide Hope & Help Education Series