Letter: Grant to help raise suicide awareness

On behalf of the Polk County Family and Community Outreach Department, and the Polk County Suicide Prevention Coalition, we would like to express our gratitude to The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund and to Salem Health Community Benefit for their recent funding of Polk County’s suicide prevention efforts.

The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund awarded Polk County $7,500 in November to help provide suicide prevention training in Polk County.

This represents a huge boost to the suicide prevention efforts that the Suicide Prevention Coalition has been trying to make since May of 2015.

In January 2016, Polk County received more great news when Salem Health announced that they had awarded Polk County $50,000 to promote suicide prevention and training in our communities.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, suicide is currently the second leading cause of death for individuals ages 10 to 34 in Oregon and represents the eighth leading cause of death for Oregonians overall. The generosity of the Siletz Tribe and Salem Health will go a long way in helping us to address this important issue. The influence and impact of their gifts will be felt in our communities for years to come. We look forward to working with many of you in Polk County as we strive to provide resources, training, and support to prevent suicide.

Doug Gouge



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