BREAKING THE SILENCE: Improvements sought in suicide prevention in Oregon schools

Adi Staub, who took her life in 2017, struggled to fit in as a transgender teen, despite the support of her family and many friends. A bill requiring all Oregon schools to develop suicide prevention plans is named after her. (Photo courtesy of Lon and Christine Staub)

 SALEM — Oregonians die by suicide at a rate well above the national average.

Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Legislature have taken notice. This spring, a number of proposals are before the Legislature to bolster state and local officials' ability to respond to and prevent suicides — including one that would bring Oregon in line with most states by requiring every public school district to adopt a suicide prevention plan. 

Suicide prevention is a wide-ranging topic in the Capitol. Some proposals would take on the issue head-on . . .