Saxon Strong

Saxon Strong is a student-led group at South Salem High School that focuses on suicide prevention. The club provides mental health support for their peers and works on building a more inclusive community at South.

One of the goals of Saxon Strong is to teach students the importance of mental health, knowing the signs of suicidal ideation and what to say to someone who is struggling.

“We’ve normalized what it means to talk about mental health issues with students. Saxon Strong is a big part of that.” said Tara Romaine, principal at South.

Before the school year starts, Neha Srinivasan, a senior and member of Saxon Strong, wants students to “remember to prioritize self-care because YOU MATTER; take a walk, watch your favorite show, and spend time with your loved ones.”

“Remember to be kind to others because they may be facing many different feelings too; smile in the hallways, tell people they matter, and extend a helping hand. Finally, remember that if you are struggling with mental health or just want support, reach out to your counselors, peers, or family. Everyone is here to support you!”

Suicide Prevention web page

Find more resources on our Mental Wellness & Suicide Prevention web page.

If you are in pain and considering suicide, there is help. The National Suicide Prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255. If you or someone you are supporting is in imminent danger or a life threatening situation please contact 911.


SafeOregon is a program created for Oregon students, parents, school staff, community members and law enforcement officers to report and respond to student safety threats. Go to the website to learn more.

Crisis resources

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

  • Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Previously called the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
  • Call: 988
  • Website
  • Sitio en español

Oregon YouthLine

Oregon YouthLine is teen-to-teen crisis support and help line. No problem is too big or too small for the YouthLine.

Small Talk – Preventing suicide in children

Salem-Keizer families are invited to join a free half-day suicide prevention workshops in September and October with a focus on elementary-age youth. Families will learn how a child’s developmental stage affects their concept of death and suicide and be able to indetify risk factors and warning signs in children.

Learn more and register for the workshop

Small Talk - Preventing suicide in elementary-age students

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