Suicide Prevention


If you or someone you know is suicidal, please call
1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 911 immediately.

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 community.



NEW! Free Webinars Available & Earn CEUs

It's time to sign up to join us as we offer webinars each month. We have also been approved to provide CEUs for the training if you attend the training live. 


Our first webinar will be "Mental Health Concerns and Your Students." It will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19. CLICK HERE to sign up to attend virtually with us!


Course Description: As the rise in mental health issues grows in today's youth, there is an ever increasing chance you will have a student with mental health struggles in your school. This course will help counselors and other educators know what to do it they are concerned about a student's mental health status; who to talk to about your concern; what to say to the student; and will give warning signs for mental health issues. State-wide resources and some best practices forms will be shared. This training is based on evidence-based training from Lifelines Suicide Prevention and Mental Health First Aid.


Our second webinar will be "Building a Crisis Team" It will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3. CLICK HERE to sign up to attend virtually with us!


Course Description: Many times schools don’t have a crisis team in place and have never thought about it until they are in the middle of a crisis. This training would include how to respond to a tragedy (including suicide, trauma, school violence, community violence, etc.), who should be on a crisis team, and how to work with your community and the OSDE to support your school community. Resources and best practices will be shared with attendees.


Our third webinar will be "Drugs and Alcohol in Schools: What is trending, how to spot it, and what is your role as a counselor" It will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13. CLICK HERE to sign up to attend virtually with us!


Course DescriptionAs Red Ribbon Week approaches, counselors need all the information they can to share with students, faculty, and staff. Hear from an ABLE Agent on the most current information about drugs and alcohol and learn how to help students in your role as a counselor. Resources will be provided.


While these sessions are in the works, Sutherlin said she is open to other ideas and needs of counselors and other educators. You can contact her at or 405-521-2106 for other sessions you would like to see. Or CLICK HERE to provide ideas. Sutherlin said she is also available to give in-person professional development on these sessions or others upon request.


Sessions in the works include:

September 19, 11 a.m. - Mental Health Concerns and Your Students
October 3, 3 p.m. - Building a Crisis Team
October 13, 2 p.m. - Drugs and Alcohol in Schools: What is trending, how to spot it, and what is your role as a counselor
November - Bullying Prevention in 2016
January - Working with Students Returning from a Mental Health Crisis
February - Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault
March - How to Build Empathy in the Classroom and Beyond
April - Community Collaboration: How to work with your community to serve your school
May - Engaging Parents in Prevention




New! Crisis Kit for Counselors

There are several sample forms here that need to be tailored for each district. Thank you to Norman Public Schools for sharing their documents with us so that we could share them with you.


Suicide Warning Signs

These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. The 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:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)


    Talking about wanting to die.

  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

Suicide Prevention Curriculum

Lifelines Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention (Grades 8-10)
Hazelden Publishing
15251 Pleasant Valley Road
P.O. Box 11
Center City, MN 55012-0176
(800) 328-9000

SOS Signs of Suicide (Grades 9-12)
Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
One Washington Street, Suite 304
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
(781) 239-0071

Suicide Prevention Resources
American Association of Suicidology
Lifelines Suicide Prevention
Mental Health First Aid
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Reach Out: Get Through Tough Times
Resource Center
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
SOS (Signs of Suicide)
Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention Crisis Management for Schools and Communities - (Video)
Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Suicide Prevention Training

Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS)
QPR and ASIST training are made available by the Garrett Lee Smith Grant provided be the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. These are excellent programs regarding raising awareness about suicide, reducing the stigma of suicide and providing valuable 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 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.

Suicide Statistics

For additional statistics, the websites listed below include the 2015 Oklahoma Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Data and Reports, and the 2014 Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment  (OPNA) Survey Results.


Thank you to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for their assistance with this Web site.

Last updated on September 19, 2016