Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) | Reachout Hotline: 1-800-522-9054
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.
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, June 4th, 2015. 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.
The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) is a grantee in the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Implementation Grant Program. The State of Oklahoma will utilize funding from this award to continue ongoing implementation of the Oklahoma Strategy for Suicide Prevention and the adoption of the Action Alliances’ Zero Suicide Initiative in emergency departments and primary care facilities. The ODMHSAS will utilize the funding to provide all hospital related trainings, materials, suicide prevention software licensing, technical assistance and intensive support of ODMHSAS Prevention Field staff. Have your hospital apply today!
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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 Savannah Kalman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405.522.3471.
We would like to invite you to subscribe to the Oklahoma Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant newsfeed. News articles, upcoming trainings, webinars, and research articles will be posted in this area. We will also commence putting related materials for across the lifespan soon. http://www.ok.gov/odmhsas/oklahomasuicideprevention.xml
State Plan on Youth Suicide Prevention
The Oklahoma Strategy for Suicide Prevention click here for pdf version.
Youth 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 now 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 pm - 3:00 pm
Google map of Shepherd Mall
House Bill 1241: Youth Suicide Prevention Act
The Oklahoma Strategy for Suicide Prevention
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.
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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
T3 - Time to Talk
Savannah Kalman, M.S. MFT, Suicide Prevention Program Manager
Julie Geddes, Senior Suicide Prevention Field Representative