About the Alliance
What is the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide?
The purpose of the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide is to reduce youth suicides in the state of Oregon. Alliance members are appointed by the Oregon Health Authority to develop a public policy agenda for suicide intervention and prevention across agencies, systems and communities.
In 2014, the Oregon State Legislature mandated development of a 5-year plan to address Oregon’s high rate of suicide among individuals age 10 through 24-years-old. The Oregon Youth Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan was signed by the Oregon Health Authority and submitted to the Legislature in January 2016. The Alliance is charged with overseeing implementation of the plan and evaluating outcomes related to suicide prevention in Oregon.
Embedded throughout the plan is a belief that it is crucial to support Oregon’s youth and families by:
- Promoting a sense of hope and highlighting resilience.
- Normalizing help-seeking behaviors, and supporting individuals and systems to provide help
- Engaging individuals and communities in the healing process after an attempt or suicide
Alliance members are appointed by the Oregon Health Authority and represent a broad range of subject matter experts including youth, suicide attempt survivors and loss survivors. The full Alliance meets quarterly and is staffed by the Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs. The Alliance has six standing committees and an advisory workgroup focused on supporting LGBTQ youth.