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September Is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Friday, September 1, 2023 marks the start of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Deschutes County in collaboration with the Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance [COSPA], are coordinating several activities throughout September to build awareness and work toward preventing suicide attempts and deaths in Deschutes County.

For more information about these community events, please contact COSPA Outreach Group by     e-mailing [email protected]


AFSP Out of Darkness Walk

The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

Click here to register for the Central Oregon Walk 

For more information about the event:

Kelly Wilder, 541-771-4721 [email protected]

If you’re looking for support and/or resources, please visit and

Candlelight Vigil

Join us on Thursday September 14th at 6:30pm on the Lawn of the Bend-La Pine Schools Admin Center (located at 520 NW Wall Street in Bend) for a Community Candlelight Vigil.

This event will be provided in both English and Spanish and will include community healing activities as well as live music, speakers and a moment of silence to honor those we have lost to suicide. 

All are welcome.

Contact Bethany Kuschel by e-mailing [email protected] for additional information or details about this event.

Community QPR

Join us at the Bend Downtown Public Library from 2:00pm-3:30pm for a Community Question, Persuade, Refer Training

601 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97703

Brooks Room

Training starts promptly at 2:00pm.

Doors will be locked at 2:00pm for particpant safety and privacy. 

QPR is a 1.5 hour evidence-based introduction to suicide prevention training. This free training teaches the framework for participants to be able to recognize warning signs, ask directly about suicide, persuade someone to access resources and then refer them on to appropriate resources. This training is open for participants aged 18+

Contact [email protected] for more details or information about this event.