"No Shave November" Funds Go to Suicide Awareness Campaign (Photo)
JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) employees have collected more than $2,300 in their "No Shave November" fundraiser. The money raised will be presented to the United Way of Jackson County to help with suicide prevention efforts.
“While growing facial hair seems like a light-hearted way to raise money, we are keenly aware of the impact suicide has in our community,” said JCSO Sergeant Julie Denney. “Deputies see the devastation caused by suicide, but more often, they have the opportunity to help people experiencing a crisis to connect with the help they need.”
Donations raised by JCSO employees during their 2017 No Shave November fundraiser went toward the initial production of videos for the United Way “Shatter the Silence” campaign. This year’s donation will help to keep the campaign going.
“These dollars will extend our ‘Shatter the Silence’ suicide prevention campaign,” said Dee Anne Everson, Executive Director of the United Way of Jackson County. “The No Shave November efforts from the employees of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is just one more way they save lives!”
JCSO deputies on patrol and in the jail work closely with mental health professionals during crisis situations. The No Shave November fundraiser creates an opportunity to bring added attention to suicide awareness, and to remind people of the services available in Jackson County.
According to Jackson County Mental Health Crisis and Outpatient Services Manager Rick Rawlins, there are many potential warning signs that a person is considering suicide. Among them are the following: the person talks about wanting to die; the person feels hopeless or overwhelmed; the person shows noticeable changes in mood or withdraws from others.
Intervention is the key to helping someone who may be considering suicide. As recommended in the “Shatter the Silence” campaign, Rawlins says if you know someone who is showing warning signs, it’s best to be direct and “ask the question: ‘Are you thinking about killing yourself?’”
Rawlins says it’s important to listen to the person and allow them to express what is occurring. It’s also a good idea to temporarily remove access to firearms - a potentially lifesaving action.
Several resources are available locally to people in crisis, or to people who are concerned about someone else:
- 911 – call for help immediately if a person is actively threatening suicide
- Jackson County Mental Health
- Crisis Center, 140 S. Holly St. – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., walk-in hours
- 24/7 Crisis Line, (541) 774-8201
- Crisis Text Line, 741741
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255