Youth suicide in our state is a major public health problem. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in Oklahoma. This Web site offers helpful resources on ways to prevent suicide in your school and comunity.
These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. Seek help as soon as possible if you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs:
Talking about wanting to die.
Lifelines Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention (Grades 8-10)
15251 Pleasant Valley Road
P.O. Box 11
Center City, MN 55012-0176
SOS Signs of Suicide (Grades 9-12)
Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
One Washington Street, Suite 304
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS)
QPR and ASIST training is made available by the Garrett Lee Smith Grant provided be the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. These trainings are excellent programs in terms of raising awareness about suicide, reducing the stigma of suicide and providing important knowledge and skills on how to help someone believed to be at risk for suicide. This training is for adults in organizations that regularly interact with at-risk youth between the ages of 10 and 24.
Looking for a staff development training on Suicide Crisis Management or Suicide Prevention Toolkit? ODMHSAS's will present on crisis team roles, steps to ensure rapid response to a suicide, and how to start prevention efforts from further suicides.
HeartLine’s Healthy Education for Life Program (HELP) is an interactive suicide prevention presentation for middle and high school students. The HELP presentation is given by volunteers to middle and high school students and designed to fit within one class period. The presentation begins by addressing the stigma that surrounds mental health and suicide, which makes it difficult to ask for help. Then the students watch a 20 minute video where they hear from multiple individuals about their personal experiences with suicide. Students then review the three-step action plan of Ask, Listen, Tell, to help a friend that may be at risk for suicide. HELP trainers elaborate on the message of the video and discuss life stressors, corresponding emotions, and suicide warning signs through an interactive group project.
The 2011 Oklahoma Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) indicates that among high school students:
Thank you to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for their assistance with this Web site.