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Youth Suicide Publications and Resources

Some publications are available in print. Please contact us to request hard copies.

This site is not intended as a crisis intervention or hotline support site. Visit our National Crisis Lines page or view our map of Oregon County Crisis Lines to find these resources.

Youth Suicide Prevention Plan

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This 5-year plan focuses on preventing suicide at the earliest ages where it begins to occur, among youth aged 10 to 24 years.

  • Oregon's Youth Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan, 2021-2025. This document 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.

Annual Reports

In addition to the 5-year plan above, Oregon publishes an annual report that includes updates on key priorities, data, and strategies for addressing youth suicide in Oregon.

For Parents

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This guidebook is for parents and caregivers while at the hospital emergency department. Family members who have experienced crisis situations with their own children of all ages developed this guide with expert consultation. This guidebook is available in the following languages:

If you would like physical copies of the guidebook, please email Fran Purdy,

Three-Step Intervention to Reduce Suicide Risk

A three step intervention to use with parents and caretakers of suicidal adolescents.

Prevention in Schools

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While there are many excellent tools and resources related to suicide protocols in schools, this toolkit has been specifically designed to support a school system (Education Service District, District, School) in Oregon to develop a comprehensive suicide protocol.

The toolkit includes example processes and templates from school communities in Oregon, information regarding relevant laws related to suicide and schools, as well as stories of work happening across the state.

The aim of the toolkit is to help schools in Oregon address the issue of suicide from prevention and intervention to postvention (in the aftermath of a suicide in the school community) and demonstrating how protocols can support each component.

For access to toolkit templates in Word format, contact us.

What Every Teacher Should Know

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This pamphlet is available in English and Spanish and is based on "Recognizing Depression in Youth: A Key to Suicide Prevention and Good Health in Oregon," by Kirk D. Wolfe, M.D. Dr. Wolfe is a child and adolescent psychiatrist practicing in Portland, Oregon. He has been an active part of Oregon’s youth suicide prevention efforts.

Available in English and Spanish.

Suicide and the Media

Depression in Youth

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Recognizing Depression in Youth

This publication by Kirk D. Wolfe provides critical information for Oregonians about how to prevent youth suicide. This is a practical guide that helps adults recognize the warning signs of depression in youth as well as understand what it takes for these youth to improve their lives.


Spanish translation of, "Youth Suicide is Preventable: How Parents Can LOOK LISTEN HELP." (Print copies of this publication in English are available.)

Let's Talk About Depression

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Read this 2-page brochure to learn:

  • How to recognize depression and manic depression
  • Different treatments
  • Why people get depressed
  • What you need to know about depression and suicide
  • What you need to know about depression, alcohol and drugs
  • Facts and fiction
  • Who to talk to for help

Available in English and Spanish.