By 2020, there will be no suicides in Clackamas County.
Where We Are Now
The number of suicides has decreased from a peak in 2015, but we still experience more than one per week in the County. 2019 is off to a better start, especially among youth and young adults.
Why This Is Important
Historically, we have rarely talked about suicide even though it is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15-34 year olds in Oregon. Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death overall in Oregon, with a higher rate than the national average. More than half of suicides are committed with a firearm.
How Much Does the County Influence This?
County-wide influence is minimal, but gaining traction towards moderate. More and more people believe suicide is preventable and are willing to help those around them. County staff helped launch a community-led Suicide Prevention Coalition in the fall of 2018. We are starting to talk more about suicide.
Among County staff and direct clients, our influence is greater. Most Health, Housing, and Human Services (and many other County) employees have taken a mental health first aid class for better awareness of the issue and to learn how to help. Distinct Zero Suicide Implementation Teams have been formed within H3S divisions, focused on operational changes, additional staff training, and policy work. We are also supporting conversations around access to lethal means.
Status Color Legend: On Target | Monitoring for Improvement | Below Plan | Data Pending