From December 2014 through November 2015, approximately 100 subject matter experts from across the state worked together as members of a steering committee and/or as members of one or more work groups to develop realistic and actionable activities for preventing suicides among Oregon children, youth and young adults 10–24 years of age (referred to collectively as “youth”).
A participatory process was designed to get input from stakeholders to develop the plan. A steering committee of 32 stakeholders reviewed the NSSP and selected strategic directions, goals and objectives for inclusion in the plan. The Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide is facilitating this five-year plan.
See the first Oregon Youth Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan.
See an Executive Summary of the YSIPP.
Recent Annual Reports
In 2019, the rate of youth suicide in Oregon decreased from the prior year for the
first time since 2015. OHA projects the rate of youth suicide will decrease again in
2020, based on preliminary data. This is the first two-year decrease in youth suicide
since 2008-2010. While this is encouraging news, Oregon’s suicide rate continues
to be well above the national average, despite brave and relentless work by many
involved in suicide prevention. The ripples of a youth suicide death are far-reaching
and take years to heal. In 2019, there were 116 reported youth suicide deaths,
making suicide the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-24 in Oregon.
The Oregon Youth Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan (YSIPP) continued to
progress in implementation efforts for 2018-19. Support and evaluation included:
• Assessment and analysis from the University of Oregon (UO) evaluation team
• Guidance from Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and
• Collaboration with the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide (Alliance)