Let It Out  Video Seeks to End the Shame of Thinking about Suicide

According to the CDC, about 1 in 25 Americans contemplate suicide every year. For every person who dies by suicide, nearly 25 survive their attempts. In Shasta County, about 40 people a year die by suicide. 

This means many of our friends, neighbors and colleagues have thought about suicide, survived a suicide attempt or have been impacted by suicide in some way.

Yet many harmful myths surround suicide attempts, like that people who attempt are selfish or that there's no way to stop someone from completing a suicide. To fight these stigmas, we've released "Let It Out" - a mini-documentary featuring five Shasta County residents who describe their experiences with suicidal thoughts. Some of them survived suicide attempts as well. They also share what helped get them through the fire and discuss how we can help a friend who is thinking about suicide. 

If you are concerned about someone in your life, visit SuicideIsPreventable.com to learn the signs and how to start a conversation that could save a life. The National Suicide Prevention 24-7 Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. 

 See the video Let It Out below. Also included are uncut versions of their full stories.

If you would like to sign up for a free suicide prevention training - called Question, Persuade and Refer - contact Amy at asturgeon@co.shasta.ca.us.

Oral Histories

Sheri Morgan is a Redding resident and currently helps facilitate groups at the Olberg Wellness Center.

Greg Burgin Jr. grew up in the City of Shasta Lake as well as Palo Alto. He is currently a council member of the Wintu Tribe of Northern California and a facilitator for the tribe's 12-steps White Bison group.


Dee Dee Lahey is a Burney resident, a retired jewelry maker and a volunteer at the Circle of Friends Wellness Center.

David Martinez is a Whitmore resident, retired drug and alcohol counselor and a Winnemem Wintu Tribal member. He also previously worked as a volunteer EMT and firefighter in Mendocino County.

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Oct. 12, 2015  - "6 Realities About Addiction That Shasta County Brave Faces Want You To Understand"

Sept. 9, 2015 - "Rhonda Ramsay - Coming Out of the Darkness in My Daughter's Boots

Aug. 20, 2015 - "Two Presentations in One Day Show the Many (Brave) Faces of PTSD" 

May 9, 2015 - "Shasta County Poets, Rappers and Musicians Shatter Stigma at the Hope Is Alive! 2 Open Mic Night" 

April 16, 2015 - "Getting Squared Away: Brave Faces Advocates Neil and Christopher Discuss PTSD Recovery at UPrep"

Jan. 29, 2015 - "Brave Faces Advocates Tell Pioneer High Students To Find Someone They Trust To Talk About Their Pain"

Dec. 3, 2014 - "One Busy Wednesday: Brave Faces Ask Two Institute of Technology Assemblies and a Youth Ministry to 'Consider Their Minds'"

Sept. 25, 2014 - "Brave Faces Advocates Dani and Sam Tell Central Valley High Students "Depression is No Joke"

Sept. 7, 2014 - "Do Not Judge or You Too Will Be Judged"  - Brave Faces Advocate Kimberly Davis Speaks to Burney Presbyterian

June 29, 2014 - "Work Helped Make Me Well" - Christopher Speaks to Shasta County Clerical Staff