Why We Build

Why We Build
March 25


Why We Build

A project about the lives of suicide attempt survivors in Lane County, Oregon

The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Lane County (SPCLC) in cooperation with Lane County Public Health (LCPH) announces the publication of Why We Build – a multi-media project sharing the stories of suicide attempt survivors. Each year roughly 2,000 people attempt suicide in Lane County. The Why We Build project shares survivors’ stories in their own words - lives of joy, lives of hardship; lives that are all worth living.

“We don’t talk about suicide nearly enough,” said Dan Isaacson, Co-chair of the SPCLC. “With this project, people have the opportunity to learn about suicide from those with lived experience directly and in their own words. We hope this project connects with people who may be thinking about suicide themselves and caregivers so they can see that others in our community have been in similar situations and found ways to cope, heal and reconnect with life.”

Starting March 4th, people can view the project at whywebuild.org and in a series of gallery installations throughout Lane County. The project will be unveiled at the Broadway Commerce Center in downtown Eugene and at the following locations this spring.


The Broadway Commerce Center

44 W Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401


The Opal Center for Arts & Education

513 E Main St, Cottage Grove, OR 97424


The Emerald Arts Center

500 Main St, Springfield, OR 97477


The Siuslaw Public Library

1460 9th Street | Florence, OR 97439

“Suicide is a serious public health problem in Lane County,” said Roger Brubaker, Suicide Prevention Coordinator for LCPH. “The Why We Build project is a new way of sharing the story of suicide in our community that invites people into conversations about suicide and the way we build meaning and connection in our lives. We encourage all people in Lane County to check out our website, attend a gallery installation and share this project with others. Helping others starts with understanding.”

The SPCLC is a group of people with lived experience of suicide and professionals representing schools, healthcare organizations, social service providers, private businesses and more. The group is chaired by community members and staffed by LCPH representatives. The SPCLC’s mission is to implement proactive strategies to bring awareness and education about suicide prevention to people in Lane County. For more information on the work of the SPCLC and how to get involved click on their website at suicidepreventlane.org

Project Contact: Roger Brubaker – Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Lane County Public Health

Phone – 541-515-4768

Email – roger.brubaker@lanecountyor.gov

Cast & Crew & Staff

  • Roger Brubaker – Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Lane County Public Health //