Oregon Veteran Suicide On The Rise

WHITE CITY, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority recently released a study that said suicide is the number one cause of death for Oregon veterans under 45 who likely served in Iraq or Afghanistan. On average, from 2008 to 2012, veteran suicide increased from about 40 suicides per 100,000 people to nearly 50. The study showed that … Continue reading »

Schools Respond to Suicide Increase

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Corvallis School District says suicide rates are higher than usual this year, so it is teaming up with community groups to offer free counseling services during Spring Break. The school district is working with a half-dozen community groups to offer counseling services not only to try to prevent future tragedies, but … Continue reading »

Deputies Respond to “Murder-Suicide”

UMPQUA, Ore. — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate what it is calling a murder-suicide after a husband killed his wife, then took his own life. But family members say both were terminally ill. Deputies say Dennis Black, 60, of Umpqua, killed his wife Linda Black, 59, then killed himself. On Monday evening, … Continue reading »

Suicide Prevention Workshop

EUGENE, Ore. – In the United States, someone commits suicide every 17 minutes. In Oregon, the suicide rate is nearly one and a half times higher than the national average. This weekend, Lane County Public Health‘s prevention program is holding a workshop to try to reduce those numbers. Saturday’s workshop at the Eugene Public Library … Continue reading »

Suicide Rates Jump Nationwide

EUGENE, Ore. — The Centers for Disease Control says suicide deaths now outnumber those from car crashes nationwide. Suicide rates have increased over the last few years. Lane County Public Health reps say the numbers are even worse in Lane County. This week is National Prevention Week, and the county hopes people will see suicide … Continue reading »

Drug Drop Box Coming to OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. — An anonymous way of disposing drugs is coming to Oregon State University. It was spearheaded by the campus’ Active Minds chapter, an organization that promotes mental health and well-being. Students will be able to drop off leftover prescription drugs, no questions asked. “There has been a few losses here at OSU so … Continue reading »

Veteran’s Wife Creates Care Packages

EUGENE, Ore. — The numbers are alarming. According to the Department of Defense, in 2012 the U.S. military suicide rate grew 15 percent. But it’s not just veterans who are suffering. A veteran’s wife who’s drawn on her own experience is now offers support for others. Kati De’Atley world is a mother of two and … Continue reading »

Possible Suicide Closes Train Tracks

EUGENE, Ore. — Police shut down the train tracks Sunday to investigate a possible suicide. Police taped off the area near Fourth Avenue and Lincoln Street around 1 p.m. as both police and the medical examiners investigated the collision. This is the second pedestrian-train collision within a two-block radius during a two-week period.

Preventing Suicide In Lane County

EUGENE, Ore. — Sunday was day one of National Suicide Prevention Week, which is when organizations across the country work to increase awareness and skills in responding to those at risk of suicide. Suicide has been recognized nationally, statewide and locally as a public health problem. In Lane County alone over the last few years, … Continue reading »

Man Rescued On Mt. Pisgah Now In A Coma

EUGENE, Ore — A Eugene man rescued on Mt. Pisgah Wednesday night took a turn for the worse. A major rescue effort ensued Wednesday night after the man’s family found a note that implied he was going to kill himself. The Lane County Sheriff’s office worked with the Goshen Fire Department to search for the … Continue reading »