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A recent public suicide has police perplexed.  A 20 year old transient stabbed himself in front of an audience after singing a song at “Open Mic” night at a local business. Record high numbers of depression and suicides are infiltrating headlines in the local news. News managers find it difficult to determine how much to report suicides and attempts, for fear it might perpetuate the problem. But at some point you have to tell it like it is and not ignore statistics or sweep things under the carpet. Oregon is 35% higher than the rest of the nation for suicides. Knowing that numbers are higher than in the past means there's a strong chance you may know someone who has or is contemplating taking their own life. Randy Myers, a pastor at a local church has about three decades experience in counseling people with all kinds of depression problems he says you can help. "Encouragement is a huge thing obviously encourage those around us and to take those comments about suicide and depression very seriously. And people do need hope they do need the tools to cope with those feelings. Because they are feelings and they can pass but it needs to be addressed very seriously." And here's a reminder regarding what to say or do. Experts say it's actually OK to ask someone who seems depressed just how bad they're feeling and if they've ever considered suicide. It gives you the opportunity to assess the risk factor and to direct them to help. For help for yourself or someone else, you can call toll free: 1 1-800-875-7364. 

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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