The Alliance advocates and works to inform and strengthen Oregon’s suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention policies, services, and supports to prevent youth and young adults from dying by suicide. Our vision is that, in Oregon, all young people have hope, feel safe asking for help, can access and receive the right help at the right time to prevent suicide, and live in communities that build resilience, foster healing, connection, and wellness.
The first version of the plan ended in 2020. To update the plan with work that was accomplished and what still needs to be done, OHA worked with more than 100 dedicated suicide prevention advocates who gave feedback, participated in focus groups, surveys, committee meetings and bonus meetings. The end result is the state’s next 5-year plan for 2021-2025.
This next plan is not “the new” Youth Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan (YSIPP). The YSIPP 2021–2025 represents and honors the incredible work done for years by suicide prevention champions across Oregon. This plan is the natural continuation of that work. It continues many initiatives we know are working. It captures the lessons we have learned over five years and lays out a vision for what else we must address to keep moving toward health and wellness for Oregon’s youth. While the YSIPP 2021–2025 has some new and innovative pieces, it is firmly rooted in rich soil.
The YSIPP guides the work of The Alliance.
The policy guide informs and support policy setting practices within the organization. Each year the members of the Alliance set an annual policy agenda to identify the focus of efforts for short term policy goals and inform longer term policy activities. This document serves as a guide for decision-making on short- and long-term policy work as well as supports our role in advising OHA, advocating for suicide prevention and intervention strategies, and building an energized statewide network of suicide prevention coalitions. This is a living document and overtime will be updated. The first update will be to apply an equity lens when the Equity Steering Committee provides recommendations to the Alliance.
Alliance Policy Priorities
Alliance members vote on a policy agenda prior to the long legislative session, which falls on odd numbered years. Policy agenda options come from committee and member suggestions and are reviewed by the Executive Committee prior to the full Alliance vote.
Learn more about the legislative session in Oregon, how you can get involved and participate in the session, and how to read a legislative measure.
Oregon Suicide Prevention Laws
Oregon has made legislative strides for better Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention. Alliance members past and present were key advocates for each piece of legislation listed.