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In this special KCIW Podcast of The Community Organizer,
Gordon Clay and Scott Clapson talk about Project Semicolon
Founder of the Semicolon Campaign,
Bleuel, died today - March 30,
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Saving Lives via Text Message -
In the four years since it was founded, Crisis Text Line
has exchanged 54 million text messages with users. The
crisis intervention service provides free, around-the-clock
support to people who are struggling with issues such as
self-harm or suicidal thoughts. By analyzing text message
data, Crisis Text Line researchers have identified the words
most associated with suicide risk and helped ensure that
messages from the highest-risk users get answered first.
Data have also revealed user trends, showing that the
majority of texters are female and under age 25. Users also
tend to be from rural and low-income demographics, and to
identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
According to founder Nancy Lublin, while Crisis Text Line
counselors are not equipped to offer ongoing therapy, the
support and referrals that they provide can make a lasting
difference in a user's life. "Many of these things, it's a
hot moment where you can be tipped to a healthy decision or
an unhealthy decision," she said.
about the original campaign
- What is it?
you ever seen a semicolon tattoo or
to get a free semicolon button and/or card with the new
crisis text line number in Curry County, OR and Del
Norte Courty, CA
to purchase quantities of the Semicolon
keep a semicolon business card in your
a Courageous Oregonian
No More - We would like
you to check this out and participate if you
leads to suicide?
Should I Do if Someone I Know Shows Warning Signs of
to Help Someone Else..
Can I Get Help for Suicide and
to do with what you hear.
- are you in a good headspace? Are you willing
to genuinely listen? Can you give as much time as
Be Prepared: Do you understand that a diffiult
conversatoin might happen and you won't have the answers?
Do you understand that talking about persoal struggles
can be difficult and they might get embarrassed , even
Pick your moment: Have you chosen somewhere
relatively private and comfy? nWhat time will be good for
them to chat? If they can't talk when you approach them,
ask them for a better time to come back.
suicidal thoughts? Watch
Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and
Practices (62 page
a Suicide: A toolkit for
schools (49 page
about Suicide and Suicide
Related topics: Contagion,
commiting suicide? Call 9ll
Text 24/7 Crisis Text
Want to talk?
(8255) or TDD
Crisis Line - 877-519-9322
Violence Hotline -
Helpline - TCall
Veterans Crisis Line - TCall
Youthline for Teens - TCall
a mental health provider
Hard of Hearing
Suicide Prevention Resource Directory
TED Talks - Crisis Next Line - Must
Now a word from
Depression Screening Test
Have you seen
anyone with a semicolon tattoo or button or window decal? If
not, you may not be looking close enough. They're popping up
everywhere. The semicolon is used when the person could've
chosen to end their life, but chose not to. Today, people
all over the world are tattooing the mark as a reminder of
their struggle, victory, and survival.
Mental illness is not uncommon, yet
there is a stigma around it that prevents a lot of people
from talking about it and that's a barrier to getting
help. It's a symbol to reduce the stigma around mental
illness for those who are struggling with depression,
suicide, addiction, and self-injury. It represents the
importance of suicide prevention.
No matter how we get there, the end
result is so important to help more people to also be able
to say "; I'm still here." "; my story isn't
The symbol is a conversation starter
celebrating the road to recovery and the determination to
keep moving forward no matter what. People ask what it is
and you get to open up an opportunity to help someone else
who might be struggling.
If you have ever seriously considered
suicide and are willing to talk to someone who might be
needing help, ink your hand during September, Suicide
Prevention Month or wear a button or put a decal on your car
window. Lets stop the self harming, the suicides and
Need to talk now? Call
for the National Hopeline/Suicide Prevention Lifeline or
for a Crisis Text Counselor or see our list of
What leads to
Theres no single cause for suicide. Suicide most
often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities
of someone suffering from a mental health condition.
Depression is the most common condition associated with
suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated.
Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems,
especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. Yet
its important to note that most people who actively
manage their mental health conditions lead fulfilling
Suicide is rarely a spur of the moment decision. In the days
and hours before people kill themselves, there are usually
clues and warning signs.
The strongest and most
disturbing signs are verbal I cant go
on, Nothing matters any more or even
Im thinking of ending it all. Such remarks
should always be taken seriously. Of course, in most cases
these situations do not lead to suicide. But, generally, the
more signs a person displays, the higher the risk of
- Suffering a major
loss or life change
- Family history of
suicide or violence
- Sexual or physical
- Death of a close
friend or family member
- Divorce or
separation, ending a relationship
- Failing academic
performance, impending exams, exam results
- Job loss, problems
- Impending legal
imprisonment or upcoming release
- Showing a marked
change in behavior, attitudes or appearance
- Breaking the
- Abusing drugs or
- Writing about
death and suicide
- Previous suicidal
- Extremes of
- Changes in
- Getting affairs in
order and giving away valued possessions
- Lack of
- Disturbed sleep
patterns sleeping too much or too
- Loss of
- Becoming depressed
- Sudden weight gain
- Increase in minor
- Change of sexual
- Sudden change in
- Lack of interest
- Thoughts of
lack of support from family and friends
- Rejection, feeling
- Deep sadness or
- Unable to see
beyond a narrow focus
- Anxiety and
- Loss of
- Mental health conditions
- Bipolar (manic-depressive)
- Borderline or antisocial
- Conduct disorder
- Psychotic disorders, or
psychotic symptoms in the context of any
- Anxiety disorders
- Substance abuse
- Serious or chronic health
condition and/or pain
- Stressful life events which may
include a death, divorce, or job loss
- Prolonged stress factors which may
include harassment, bullying, relationship problems, and
- Access to lethal means including
firearms and drugs
- Exposure to another persons
suicide, or to graphic or sensationalized accounts of
- Previous suicide
- Family history of suicide
Should I Do if Someone I Know Shows Warning Signs of
First, if someone you know appears to be depressed and
is contemplating suicide, take that person seriously. Listen
to what he or she is saying. Take the initiative to ask that
person what he or she is planning. But don't attempt to
argue him or her out of committing suicide. Rather, let the
person know that you care and understand and are listening.
Avoid statements like: "You have so much to live for." And
ask if the person has sought help from a medical or mental
professional, or if he is currently being treated by a
mental health professional
If someone you know
appears to be depressed and talks about suicide, makes a
suicidal gesture, or attempts suicide, take it as a serious
emergency. Listen to the person, but don't try to argue with
him or her. Seek immediate help from a health care
People who experience
a major depressive episode are often suicidal. It is a key
symptom of the disease. Some studies show that the
neurotransmitter serotonin plays a central role in the
neurobiology of suicide. Researchers have found lower levels
of serotonin in the brainstem and cerebrospinal fluid of
In addition, suicidal
behavior sometimes runs in families. Remember, any talk of
suicide is always an emergency. Have the person talk with a
health care professional immediately.
Can I Get Help for Suicide and Depression?
Encourage a suicidal or depressed person to seek the
help of a mental health professional. Because the person may
feel so hopeless that they may not think it's possible to be
helped, you'll probably have to be persistent and go with
If your loved one
appears to be in imminent danger of committing suicide, do
not leave him or her alone. Remove any weapons or drugs he
or she could use. Accompany him or her to the nearest
emergency room or call 911.
During treatment, be
supportive. Help the person remember to take antidepressants
or other prescribed medications and to continue any other
therapy that's been prescribed.
to Help Someone Else
If someone is feeling depressed or suicidal, our first
response is to try to help. We offer advice, share our own
experiences, try to find solutions. Wed do better to
be quiet and listen. People who feel suicidal dont
want answers or solutions. They want a safe place to express
their fears and anxieties, to be themselves.
really listening is not easy. We must control the
urge to say something to make a comment, add to a
story or offer advice. We need to listen not just to the
facts that the person is telling us but to the feelings that
lie behind them. We need to understand things from their
perspective, not ours.
Here are some points
to remember if you are helping a person who feels
- They want someone
to listen. Someone who will take time to really listen to
them. Someone who wont judge, or give advice or
opinions, but will give their undivided
- They want someone
to trust. Someone who will respect them and wont
try to take charge. Someone who will treat everything in
- They want someone
to care. Someone who will make themselves available, put
the person at ease and speak calmly. Someone who will
reassure, accept and believe. Someone who will say,
What do people who
feel suicidal not want?
- They don't want to
be alone. Rejection can make the problem seem ten times
worse. Having someone to turn to makes all the
- They don't want to
be advised. Lectures dont help. Nor does a
suggestion to cheer up, or an easy assurance
that everything will be okay. Dont
analyze, compare, categorize or criticize.
- They don't want to
be interrogated. Dont change the subject,
dont pity or patronize. Talking about feelings is
difficult. People who feel suicidal dont want to be
rushed or put on the defensive. Listen.
So, if you are
concerned that someone you know may be thinking of suicide,
you can help. Remember, as a helper, do not promise to do
anything you do not want to do or that you cannot
If the person is
actively suicidal, get help immediately. Call your local
crisis service or the police, or take the person to the
emergency room of your local hospital. Do not leave the
If the person has
attempted suicide and needs medical attention, call 9-1-1 or
your local emergency services number.
The following are
suggestions for helping someone who is suicidal:
Ask the person - "Are
you thinking of suicide?" Ask them if they have a plan and
if they have the means. Asking someone if they are suicidal
will not make them suicidal. Most likely they will be
relieved that you have asked. Experts believe that most
people are ambivalent about their wish to die.
Listen actively to
what the person is saying to you. Remain calm and do not
judge what you are being told. Do not advise the person not
to feel the way they are.
Reassure the person
that there is help for their problems and reassure them that
they are not "bad" or "stupid" because they are thinking
Help the person break
down their problem(s) into more manageable pieces. It is
easier to deal with one problem at a time.
Emphasize that there
are ways other than suicide to solve problems. Help the
person to explore these options, for example, ask them what
else they could do to change their situation.
Offer to investigate
Do not agree to keep
the person's suicidal thoughts or plans a secret. Helping
someone who is suicidal can be very stressful. Get help -
ask family members and friends for their assistance and to
share the responsibility.
Suggest that the
person see a doctor for a complete physical. Although there
are many things that family and friends can do to help,
there may be underlying medical problems that require
professional intervention. Your doctor can also refer
patients to a psychiatrist, if necessary.
Try to get the person
to see a trained counselor. Do not be surprised if the
person refuses to go to a counselor - but be persistent.
There are many types of caregivers for the suicidal. If the
person will not go to a psychologist, or a psychiatrist,
suggest, for example, they talk to a clergyperson, a
guidance counselor or a teacher.
where you can get free semicolon cards and buttons - 152
Partners and Counting
Pickup a semicolon card that
talks about suicide prevention and gives a 24/7 Helpline
phone number and a 24/7 text
crisis number. Keep
one in your wallet to give to someone who might be going
through depression or a tough
time with a job,
alcohol, physical health, financial, or an intimate partner.
Take a semicolon button and wear it to let people know
you're willing to listen. It's also a great conversation
starter about what it means. When a person dies by suicide,
they put a period at the end of their life. When they
survive or refrain from a suicide attempt, they put a
semicolon with the intention of continuing on. Let's end the
stigma around suicide by being willing to talk openly about
our experience and to listen to theirs without judgment.
Pickup a free card and button at any of these locations.
for additional supplies or to add your company location to
Breast amd GYN Health
Project, 987 89th St.
Coast Community Health
Center, 1010 1st St SE, Ste 110
Bakery by the Sea, 1105
Better Health Family Medical, 1101 Chetco Ave
Blue Water Cafe & Lounge, 97900 Shopping Center
Ave, Ste 24-25
Brookings-Harbor Community Food Bank, 539- Hemlock St.
Brookings-Harbor School District (4)
Brookings-Harbor Visitor & Tour Center, 16358 Lower
Brookings Liquor Store, 97921 Shopping Center Ave.
Brookings Police Department, 898 Elks Dr.
Bud Bros, 1240 Chetco Ave, Suite E & F
Bud Mart, 97900 Shopping Center Ave. #37
Carquest Autoparts, 718 Chetco Ave
CC's Clothing for Cancer, 16399 Lower Harbor Rd
Chetco Activity Center, 550 Chetco Ln
Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder
Chetco Medical Center, 97825 Shopping Center Ave
Music Company, 615 Chetco Ave.
Chetco Outdoor Store, 1622 W. Hoffeldt Lane
Computer Fusion, 1240 Chetco Ave,
Costa Clinial Psychology, 625 Spruce St
Curry Coastal Pilot office, 507 Chetco Ave
Curry Community Health, School Based Health Center, Students
Only, 625 Pioneer Rd
Curry Community Health, WIC, Addictions, Behavioral Health,
615 5th St. (4)
Curry Equipment, 15745 Hwy 101 South
Curry Health Netwok, Hospital, 5th St.
Democrats Headquarters, 617 Chetco Ave
Forecastle Books, 547 Chetco Ave
Gunner's Sport Shop, 97797 S Bank Chetco River Rd.
Gypsies, 549 Chetco Ave
Harbor Tattoo Gallery, 545 Chetco Ave
High Tide Wellness Center, 15957 S. Hwy 101, Suite 4
Napa Auto Parts, 1130 Chetco Ave.
Ocean Coast Community Actions, 97829 Shopping Center Ave,
Pac-Nor Barreling Inc, 99299 Overlook Rd
Quality Fast Lube, 845 Railroad St
Railroad Street Market & Deli, 534 Railroad St.
Rebel Ink Tattoo Studio, 16118 Lower Harbor Rd
St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 401 Fir St.
South Coast Dispensaries, 1025 Chetco Ave # 4
Southwestern Oregon Community College, 96082 Lone Ranch
Towne Buzz Tattoo and Art Studio,
Hoffeldt Lane, Upstairs -
Tryke City Recreational
& Medical Cannabis, 407 Oak St.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 966, 507 Pacific Ave.
Village Express Mail Center, 1041 Chetco Ave
Voodoo Bar & Grill, 16372 Lower Harbor Rd.
Wayne Taylor Insurance, 607 Chetco Ave
WorkSource Oregon, 16261 Hwy 101 South, Suite 11
World Famous Top Shelf Cannabis, 704 Chedtco Ave.
Crescent City, CA
Coastal Connections, 475
College of the Redwoods, Library, 883 W. Washington
College of the Redwoods, Student Support Services, 883 W.
Crescent City Library, 190 Price Mall
Crescent City Police, 686 G St.
Del Norte Child Care Council, 212 K St
Del Norte County Sheriff, 650 5th St
Del Norte Triplicate Newspaper, 312 H St.
Del Norte Workforce Center, 875 5th St.
Del Norte Unified School District, 301 W. Washington
Department of Health and Human Services, Mental Health
Branch, 455 K St.
Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health
Branch, 400 L St.
Elk Valley Rancheria, Human Resources
Family Resource Center of the Redwoods, 494 Pacific Ave.
Fine Line Design, 847 3rd St
Full Armor Fire Arms, 425 L St., Ste G
Harrington House, 286 M St.
KFUG Radio, Moved
KGRE Radio, 1345 Northcrest Dr
KPOD Radio, 1345 Northcrest Dr
Light Center Tutoring, College of the Redwoods, 883 W.
Mor-Jon Napa Auto Parts, 137 E. Washiington St.
Open Door Community Health Center, 550 E. Washington Blvd.
Open Door Teen Clinic, 883 W. Washington Blvd
Redwood Voice, 990 Front St.
Remi Vista, Inc. 370 9th St..
Tsunami Games, 260 I St.
Veterns Administration, 810 H St.
Wild Rivers Community Foundation, 990 Front St.
Workforce Center, 286 M St.
Beach, OR (35)
Bright Eyes Midwifery
& Wild Rivers Women's Health Center, 29135
Club Sockeye, 94253 N Bank Rogue River Rd
C & M Equipment, 29309 Ellensburg
Carquest Auto Parts,29536 Ellensburg Ave
Chowder House, 29376 Ellensburg Ave
Christian Help Thrift Store, 29813 Colvin St,
Christian Help Food Bank, 29811 Colvin St. Ste 1
Club Sockeye, 94253 N. Bank Rogue River Rd.
Curry Community Health, Behavioral
29821 Colvin St.
Curry Community Health, Clubhouse, 29845 Airport Way
Curry Community Health, Integrated Community Services, 29692
Curry County Reporter, 29286 Ellensburg Ave,
Curry County Sheriff's Office, 29808 Colvin St.
Curry Health Network, Hospital (3)
Del Norte Health & Human
Double D's Cafe, 29441 Ellensburg Ave.
Elk River Training Home, 94178 9Th St
Gold Beach Books, Biscuit Coffeehouse, Biscuit Art Gallery,
29707 Ellensburg Ave
Gold Beach City Hall, 29592 Ellensburg Ave.
Gold Beach High School, 29516 Ellensburg Ave,
Gold Beach Police Department, 29592 Ellensburg Ave.
Gold Beach Speedy Mart, 29830 Ellensburg Ave.
Harmony Home for Seniors and People with Disabilities,
29795 Ellensburg Ave
La Casita de Oro Mexican Food, 29471 Ellensburg Ave.
Napa Auto Parts, 29661 Ellensburg Ave.
Oasis Shelter Home, Inc, 29975 Harbor Way
Port Hole Cafe lobby, 29975 Harbor Way
Rouge Outdoor Store, 29865 Ellensburg Ave.
Sacred Gifts 101, 29740 Ellensburg Ave
Senior Center, 29841 Airport Way
Wally's House, 94166 Eighth St.
Art and Soul Tattoo Gallery,
701 Main St
Langlois Community Church,
94284 Main St.
Langlois Market, 48444 US-101,
Langlois Public Library, 48234 Hwy 101
Port Orford, OR
Buddhas Recreational Center,
264 6th St., Ste D
Coast Community Health Center, 1312 Tichener Ave.
Curry Community Health, Integrated Services, 1403 Oregon
Curry Health Network, 525 Madrona St.
Kar Kare Auto Parts, 1717 Oregon St.
Mr. Ed's Espresso & Juice, 1320 Oregon St., Ste A
Port Orford City Hall, 555 20th St.
Port Orford Food Co-op, 812 Oregon St.
Port Orford Library, 1421 Oregon St.
Port Orford Police Department, 555 20th St.
Port Orford RV Village, 2855 Port Orford Loop Rd
Port Orford Senior Center, 1536 Jackson St.
Port Orford Visitor's Center, 520 Jefferson St,
South Coast Gourmet Specialty Foods, 832 Oregon St.
Tasty Kate's, 917 St. Highway 101.
TJ's Cafe and Coffee House, 1825 Oregon St.
Wild Oaks Grill, 1825 Oregon St
Zion Lutheran Church, 2015 Washington St,
Smith River, CA
Lucky 7 Casino, 350 N.
Indian Rd. (employee program)
Smith River Library, 241 Front St.
Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation (in five service offices on tribal
Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation Family Services, 110 W First St.
* Semicolon cards
Get a business card for your wallet
explaining the program with a crisis phone line and crisis
text line listed. Some locations have our 1 1/4" round
semicolon button, too. Do you own a business which would
like to participate in this campaign? Send an email
request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Check back often because we hope to
list additional locations with a supply of these free
Why keep a
semicolon business card in your wallet?
Two sided business
semicolon above fills one side of the actual business
preventable. It is not chosen and it is momentary.
It happens when pain exceeds the resources for
coping with pain. You're not a bad person, or
crazy, or weak, or flawed, if you feel suicidal. It
doesn't even mean that you really want to die. If
you have ever seriously considered suicide but
didn't end your life with a period, use a semicolon
to make a statement like "; I'm still here."
or "; my story isn't over." Learn the
early warning signs. Know that talking or calling a
crisis line isn't a sign of weakness. It shows real
strength to ask for help. And it shows real
strength to be an ally. Help reduce the stigma
around depression and suicidal ideation. Wear a
semicolon button signifying you've willing to
listen to someone in crisis. If you want help now,
National Hopeline 24/7 at 800-273-TALK (8255) or
Text "SOS" to 741741.
90% of men who die
by suicide have a diagnosable mental health issue at the
time of death
80% of suicide attempts are by women. 80% of successful
suicides are by men and men using a gun. In 90% of those
suicide cases, men are suffering from a mental health issue.
(see below) Men are most reticent to talk about their
problems, and since suicide is usually a momentary thing,
tend not to as for help.
If you know a man who is going through
one of the following issues, be sure to give him one of
these cards, let him know you are available to talk
confidentially, and insure that he knows that most people
who call a crisis line aren't suicidal. They just need
someone to talk through what's going on for them. If he is a
good friend ask him to commit to you that he won't do
anything rash until he gets aold of you and you can talk it
through. (Bill Withers song, Lean on Me.)
46.3% had an intimate
31.6% had a problem with alcohol
29.6% had a job problem
27.5% had a financikal problem
24.3% had a physical health problem
62.9% had a current depressed mood
* * *
People who commit suicide put a period
at the end of their life. People who seriously consider
suicide but stop have put a semicolon at that point and
The person who completes
suicide, dies once. Those left behind die a thousand deaths,
trying to relive those terrible moments and understand
Place your hand over your heart,
can you feel it? That is called purpose. Youre alive
for a reason so dont ever give up.
"I take it that no man is educated who
has never dallied with the thought of suicide." - William
Suicide is a permanent solution
to a temporary problem.
Its not the bullet that kills
you, its the hole. Call 911 or a crisis
You can't unfire a fire arm
seek helpmen die. Jed Diamond
Don't blow your brains
out! They are right where they need to be.
Never never never give up.
out the shit - all of those unhealthy messages and