Suicide Prevention

The ODMHSAS offers training and support to Oklahoma schools in a number of evidence-based suicide prevention practices, including training to identify and assist students in distress with appropriate referral, suicide intervention training for those interacting with high risk populations, and postvention training and support to foster healing after a suicide loss and ensure a supportive reintegration for students following a suicide crisis.


Shelby Rowe, Suicide Prevention Program Manager, or (405) 248-9274

Kognito, free online training for schools sponsored by the Prevention Division

Kognito's PK-12 suite comprises three simulations designed for professional development. Each simulation is a 45–60 minute course/s that can be completed in multiple sittings, and at your own pace. Participants will role-play conversations with virtual students and virtual parents. Topics in the suite address topics of mental health, suicide prevention and bullying, and how to support especially vulnerable students. These research-proven simulations go beyond knowledge and awareness to build user's skills and self-confidence through practice talking with virtual students and parents. Kognito simulations have been proven effective in studies with thousands of users. Several are listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices and were also created in collaboration with school and mental health experts and educators.

ODMHSAS Emergency Referral Packet
ODMHSAS Early Referral Packet
ODMHSAS Parent Early Referral Packet

The OSDE has an onsite Suicide Prevention Specialist on staff to assist distrcits with Suicide Prevention curriculum selection and implementation as well as internvetion and postvention support. The Suicide Prevention Specialist will also develop a Statewide Suicide Prevention Framework to guide districts through the process of  implementing an evidence based sucide prevention program within their schools.

For more information contact:

Elizabeth Suddath MPH, Elizabeth.suddath@sde.ok.go

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Last updated on April 30, 2020