This is a partnership between The Healing House / Modoc Youth and Family Services and Lost River Treatment Center to help in suicide prevention in our area.
Suicide is a major national public health issue in the United States. The U.S. has one of the highest suicide rates among wealthy nations. According to the CDC, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for all ages. Suicide is a major contributor to premature mortality as it ranks as the second leading cause of death for ages 10–34 and the fourth leading cause for ages 35–54.
The COVID-19 crisis only exacerbates concern regarding overall mental health wellness in the U.S. Commenting in July of this year on a spike in suicides, CDC Director Robert Redfield noted: “The pandemic will cause distress and leave many people vulnerable to mental health problems and suicidal behavior. Mental health consequences are likely to be present for longer and peak later than the actual pandemic."
The U.S. suicide rate is up 33 percent since 1999, but for Native American women and men, the increase is 139 percent and 71 percent, respectively, according to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.
Native communities experience higher rates of suicide compared to all other racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., with suicide being the eighth leading cause of death for Native Americans across all ages. For Native youth ages 10 to 24, suicide is the second leading cause of death; and the Native youth suicide rate is 2.5 times higher than the overall national average, making these rates the highest across all ethnic and racial groups.
The Healing House offers a trauma-informed approach to counseling and support to children and families who are survivors of abuse and traumatic experiences.
Our positive and nonjudgemental professionals treat a broad range of issues while developing treatment plans centered around existing strengths. We believe that we are stronger when our community works together to serve those in need.
Lost River Treatment Center is an outpatient rural-based organization operated by the Modoc Nation to address the opioid epidemic present in our rural community.
We serve individuals, families, and couples experiencing opioid (or related) addictions and resulting mental health disorders. We serve tribal and non-tribal consumers.
Previous suicide attempts
Family History of suicide
Depression or other mental illness
Use of alcohol or other substances
Local epidemics of suicide
Easy access to guns, other lethal methods
Bullying and cyberbullying
Previous suicide attempts
Family history of suicide
Childhood abuse, neglect, or trauma
Physical health conditions including pain
Access to firearms and drugs
Recent stressful life events such as divorce or financial crisis
Exposure to another person’s suicide
Learn to recognize the warning signs:
Hopelessness; feeling like there is no way out
Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
Feeling like there is no reason to live
Rage or anger
Engaging in risky activities
Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
Withdrawing from family and friends
Sleeping too little or too much
Withdrawing or isolating themselves
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
Extreme mood swings
The presence of any of the following signs requires immediate attention:
Thinking about hurting or killing themselves
Reading or seeking information on ways to die
Talking about death, dying, or suicide
Showing hopelessness or expressing that they have no reason to live
Talking about feeling trapped, being in unbearable pain, or a burden to others
Self-destructive or risk taking behavior, especially when it involves alcohol, drugs, or weapons
If you or someone you know are experiencing these risk factors, please contact: