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School-Based 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.

Effective July 1, 2021 all Oklahoma schools must provide suicide prevention training to teachers and staff. The following training programs meet this requirement:

Eligible Trainings

Trainings Time Format Registration Focus Audience

1 hr

On-Demand
Virtual

Individual

Open, No cost

PK-12 Faculty & Staff

1 hr

In-person or virtual

Group

Open, No cost

PK-12 Faculty & Staff

90 m

On-Demand
Virtual

Individual

Open, No cost

General Adult audiences

8 hrs

Live virtual, in-person or hybrid

Group

Open, No cost

General & Intermediate Skill Adult Audiences

45-60 m

Live virtual or in-person

Group

Open, No cost

General Adult Audiences

Contact Information & Scheduling

School superintendents and administrators, please reach out about questions regarding school-based suicide prevention: 

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Oklahoma State Bill 21

SB21 relates to suicide awareness and drug abuse policies. It requires school district boards of education to adopt policy and train staff in suicide prevention initiatives.

SB 21 goes into effect during the 2021-2022 school year. Suicide prevention training must be renewed every other school year.

Eligible trainings are determined by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS). Trainings are offered free of charge and may be coordinated between school districts and ODMHSAS.

In partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Education

Last Modified on Aug 03, 2021
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