Loss Survivor Resources
American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
AAS provides resources that envision an understanding of how to prevent suicide and find hope and healing. They have a handbook for Survivors which can be found on their website. www.suicidology.org/Portals/14/docs/Survivors/Loss Survivors/SOS_handbook.pdf
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
AFSP is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. Under the "find support" tab is a link for loss survivors which host multiple resources. One incudes the NEW Survivor Outreach Program they just started in Oklahoma. A person may request a visit from a survivor to help them with the grief process and provide information.
The iCare package is a gift of compassion for people bereaved by suicide. To learn more about the iCare package please contact Julie Geddes (405) 248-9275.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
The SPRC is the only nation's federally supported resource center dedicated to advancing suicide prevention. It provides the most up-to-date information about suicide prevention strategies and one of their documents provides several pages which have extensive sites for loss survivors. http://www.sprc.org/sites/default/files/resource-program/Survivors.pdf
Under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, ODMHSAS has initiated the Oklahoma Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. ODMHSAS provided evidence-based youth suicide prevention programs (gatekeeper training and screening) throughout Oklahoma through local mental health prevention service providers, schools, youth-serving agencies, tribal governments, and colleges and universities.
Youth suicide in our state is a major public health problem. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in Oklahoma, and an astounding 15% of youth surveyed in Oklahoma report that they have seriously considered suicide. Whether it is suicide deaths, attempts, or related problems such as alcohol and other drug use or barriers to mental health services, your community likely has some level of risk for youth suicide. Download the Suicide Prevention Toolkit
If you would like to request a suicide prevention training (QPR, Lifelines, ASIST, AMSR): Click here to request material and/or schedule your training.
QPR Trainers: Click here to enter your password for access to supplementary QPR resources.
NEW: The Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Council has drafted and voted on the Oklahoma Strategy for Suicide Prevention 2015-2020 click here to view their strategic plan to address suicide across the state. Hard copies will be available in limited quantities starting Winter 2016, please email Oksuicidepreventioncouncil@gmail.com to request one.
NEW: The ODMHSAS, the Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Council, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Injury Prevention Division would like to share this presentation on the data related to suicide in Oklahoma. This presentation was originally given by Brandi Littlejohn-Woods at the Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Conference, July 28th, 2016. This presentation is for educational purposes and is not intended to be re-used or presented by any persons other than employees of the OSDH Injury Prevention Division. Download Suicide in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Council
In 2001, the Oklahoma Legislature passed the Youth Suicide Prevention Act (House Bill 1241), which established the Youth Suicide Prevention Council and designated the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as the lead agency for youth suicide prevention. The Council now addresses suicide across the lifespan. The Suicide Prevention Council's members are legislatively appointed, and meetings are always open to the public.
The Council meets:
The Fourth Thursday of Every Month
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
2401 NW 23rd, Suite 1F (on 2nd Floor at North end of the mall)
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Google map of Shepherd Mall | House Bill 1241: Youth Suicide Prevention Act | The Oklahoma Strategy for Suicide Prevention
Oklahoma House Bill 1623
Allows for school districts to adopt a policy on suicide awareness and training. Each board of education may provide training to students in grades 9-12 and staff addressing suicide awareness and prevention. For more information on this legislation or support in implementing school-based suicide prevention, please contact 405-248-9275
Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death in the United States, especially for young people ages 15-24. Although multiple factors contribute to suicide, at least 90 percent of all people who kill themselves have a mental disorder, a substance abuse disorder, or a combination of disorders. Oklahoma’s death rate for suicide exceeds that of the U.S. Click here to learn more about suicide prevention efforts in Oklahoma and link to educational resources.
Frequently Asked Questions About Suicide | Suicide Risk and Protective Factors | Warning Signs of Suicide
In a perfect world, the media’s role of reporting the truth and its job of serving the public good would not conflict. In the real world, however, these two roles can clash—and one of the areas in which this clash occurs is the media’s reporting on suicide. The suicide of an “ordinary” person can become news in his or her own community, and the suicide of a prominent person or celebrity can become national, and even international, news.
Unfortunately, the very service of reporting a suicide can encourage some people to attempt suicide themselves. While these suicides are not caused by media attention itself, there is a danger that people who are depressed or who perceive their personal problems as insurmountable may find in these reports a model of resolving their problems.
Fortunately, reporting on suicide can be accomplished in ways that serve both the truth and the public health. There are steps the media can take to minimize the possibility that its coverage of suicide will contribute to additional suicides. There are also steps the media can take to proactively contribute to preventing suicide. (Suicide Prevention Resource Center—SPRC)
The Role of Media in Preventing Suicide
Social Media Guidelines
Advice for news organizations who may encounter a person who is expressing thoughts of suicide on their social media profiles.
Manager's in the Workplace
American Association of Suicidology
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Suicide in America at a Glance
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Julie Geddes, Senior Suicide Prevention School Specialist
Ryan Fowler, Suicide Prevention Communities Specialist
Isela Perez, Suicide Prevention Program Manager
William Morris, Suicide Prevention Behavioral Health Specialist
Megan Wurzer, Suicide Prevention Hospital Specialist