Suicide prevention, risk reduction and resources

Risk factors for suicide may include a previous suicide attempt, a history of mental illness or alcohol/drug use, a family history of suicide, physical illness or feeling alone. There may be several warning signs that someone is thinking about suicide. These may include behavioral changes (e.g., school problems, rebellion against family rules, switching friends, sloppy appearance, lack of involvement in former interests); emotional changes (e.g., mood changes, irritability, defensiveness, ‘nothing matters’ attitude); mental changes (e.g., memory lapses, poor concentration); or physical changes (e.g., low energy). Asking someone directly about their suicidal feelings may help to lower their anxiety level and act as a deterrent. Your openness and concern in asking about suicide may allow the person experiencing pain to talk about his/her problems, and begin to feel less lonely or isolated.

If you suspect that someone you know may be thinking about harming themselves, don’t hesitate to get professional support and help. Call Lifeways crisis line at 541-889-9167 or The National Suicide Hotline at

1-800-273-8255 for additional information.

Question, Persuade and Refer

  • Ages: 16- adult

  • 2 hour courses

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

ASIST Workshop- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training 

  • Ages: 16-adult

  • 2- 8 hour days

LivingWorks ASIST is a two-day face-to-face workshop featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations.


At a LivingWorks ASIST workshop, you'll learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive.