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Youth Suicide Prevention

Youth suicide is the highest cause of death in teens, even higher than car accidents. Then when you factor in the recent COVID 19 pandemic and all of the isolation and decrease in social engagement, the rate of death by suicide has risen even more.

Communication, understanding and the power of listening are the strongest tools we can use against suicide. A trusted adult outside the home is critical to youth finding answers and relieving some of their fears and anxieties. It is important for parents and guardians to interact with their children, but many youth may feel more comfortable talking to a trusted adult such as, a teacher, a coach, or a minister. 

Here you can find tips for talking with youth. And resources for youth, so they can find answers or a really trusted ear to talk to. The Child and Adolescent Health department have adapted the “#BeThe1To” model for action on suicide prevention. There are 5 action steps in this model that help guide youth and advisors alike on how to open communications and to recognize the signs of a youth at risk.


Contact Information

Roberta Kelly, RN, BS
Phone: (405) 426-8096

Mailing Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Child and Adolescent Health
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave., Suite 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-6406

Physical Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK

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