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.



Resource Library

The office or prevention services has a resource library with about 150 items that you can check out and have mailed to you at any time! There are 66 DVDs, 19 curriculums, and 64 books available. Click the links below to see the list and print the form to check out materials.

Resource Library Check-Out Form

Resource Library List


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.

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Last updated on July 27, 2018