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Suicide: Breaking the Silence

Video and Discussion Guide

More than 600 lives are lost to suicide in Oregon every year (see Data and Reports), leaving many "survivors" to cope with the tragedy and loss. Although suicide claims more lives than motor vehicle crashes, it is often surrounded by silence and stigma.

This 17 minute video and discussion guide were developed by the Yamhill County Suicide Prevention Coalition and presented at community forums as a means to begin a discussion within the community, to raise awareness, and to combat stigma.

About the Video

Suicide: Breaking the Silence

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Discussion Guide

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The Discussion Guide is a great starting point. In addition to specific questions for discussion, it includes supporting material and suggestions on how to openly discuss mental health and suicide. A list of local, state, and national resources is included.

Recommended Use

Use the video and discussion guide to educate yourself, friends, community groups, service groups and organizations, faith-based communities, educators, friends, colleagues, and others about the issues of depression and suicide.

  • Hold a community forum;
  • Discuss at a staff meeting;
  • Convene your own coalitions and task force groups.



Video Credits

Suicide: Breaking the Silence©, Community Awareness Video and Discussion Guide, developed and produced by the Yamhill County Suicide Prevention Coalition, 2008.

Key contributors/interviewers:

  • Nadia Abraibesh, Linfield College
  • Caren Anderson, Yamhill County Commission on Children and Families (YC-CCF)
  • Laura Lopez, YC-CCF
  • Liz Schillinger, McMinnville Community Media – Channel 11
  • Jeff Stevenson, Child Abuse Policy and Education
  • Tanya Tompkins, YC-CCF, Linfield College
  • QPR Institute© 

Special thanks to interview participants:

  • Lan Carpenter, Counselor – McMinnville High School
  • Ben Los, Resident Advisor – Linfield College
  • Lisa Millet, Injury & Violence Prevention Manager - Oregon Public Health Division
  • George Pickard, Chaplain – Church on the Hill
  • Dr. Thomas Steele, Emergency Room Physician – Willamette Valley Medical Center


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