Recovery is possible when a permanent choice isn't made!
Welcome to the new home for Suicide Prevention Coalition of North Central Washington (SPC of NCW) online. The SPC of NCW was formed in response to the rising suicide rate in the early months of 2012. The previous two years were record years for the Chelan/Douglas counties and we are hopeful to have an impact in reducing this trend. Our ultimate goal is to have a zero tolerance for completed suicides in our community (East Wenatchee, Wenatchee, Chelan, other) and to spread the word that help is available and things really do get better.
It is our hope that you will share this website with your friends and continue to return as the needs arise. The Coalition members want this website and the group to be utilized to assist in the dissemination of information related to suicide and suicidal ideation. This means that we are working to create a useful site that can be referred to when you or someone you love is struggling with suicide. It will provide you with a way to navigate the system and get to the people that you need to in order to get the help you need. That is our commitment.
Every month, anywhere from 30 - 100 people receive support for suicidal thoughts or attempts in Chelan and Douglas Counties. In 2016 there were 21 suicide deaths for Chelan Douglas Counties. In 2015 there were 27 suicide deaths for Chelan Douglas Counties; nearly 1,000 people helped in ER for mental health diagnosis; and 3,000 people helped in crisis services. In 2014, there were 8 deaths by suicide. In 2013 there were 13 completed suicides within Chelan Douglas Counties, the lowest number since 2008. However in 2012 when the Suicide Prevention Coalition was founded there were 30 completed suicides in Chelan Douglas Counties. It is our commitment to keep an accurate list of completed suicides without the names and details. This way the community can have an accurate picture of what is truly going on in the community and not be lulled into believing that a problem does not exist.
Suicide improves when those feeling suicidal are not afraid of talking about it; when others are not afraid to ask the direct questions and have the difficult conversations. Asking someone about suicide will not cause them to kill themselves.