Canby mourns teen deaths
The community of Canby is mourning after two high school teens took their own lives last week. The deaths came just days after the same act by a North Marion student and a Silverton student.
The High School activated the Crisis Response Team, making additional counselors available on campus as a resource for students who needed to cry, talk or otherwise process the events.
"Student safety and emotional security are top priorities at Canby School District," said Superintendent Trip Goodall. "Our staff grieves with our community."
The high school is now decorated with a plethora of hearts and posters that read: "You matter" and "Eres importante."
Canby Police Chief Bret Smith confirmed that police are concerned as events like this can cause others to act on thoughts they had been having.
"We have similar events that kind of feed on one another," Smith said, "and what I would say is whenever we have those type of things happen, I think we should be paying attention and be concerned about it."
Death from suicide represents only part of the problem among youth. Approximately 157,000 youth between the ages of 10-24 are treated each year in the U.S. for self-inflicted injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-TALK, which puts people in touch with a local crisis center. Anyone can call, including those who feel suicidal or in distress, or those who are worried about a friend or family member.
In addition, Goodall has made the high school counseling office available as a resource.
"Please contact Canby High School Counseling Office at 503-263-7219 if you would like to learn more about how you or your family can get assistance with the grieving process or be connected to other community resources," Goodall said.
But these are just the facts. Please read, share and print our guest letter to young people, Just the beginning.