Health and Wellness

No, suicide rates have not increased during the pandemic (so far)

Roger Brubaker, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Coordinator for Lane County Public Health, said that there has not been an uptick in suicide deaths and there are options available for those who are struggling. Photo Provided

Suicide is a serious public health issue in the US, Oregon and particularly here in Lane County. The rate of suicide in our county has been roughly 50 percent greater than the national average since 2015. In 2019 alone, 106 people died– the greatest number of deaths our county has . . .