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School-Based Suicide Prevention

The ODMHSAS, in partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, 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
At-Risk PK-12 1 HR.
  • On-Demand Virtual
  • Individual
Open, No Cost PK-12 Faculty & Staff
Lifelines Prevention 1 HR.
  • In-person or virtual
  • Group
Open, No Cost PK-12 Faculty & Staff
Act on Facts 1 HR.
  • On-Demand Virtual
  • Individual
Open, No Cost PK-12 Faculty & Staff
Mental Health First Aid 8 HR.
  • Live virtual, in-person or hybrid
  • Group
Open, No Cost General & Intermediate Skill Adult Audiences
Talk Saves Lives 45-60 Min.
  • Live virtual or in-person
  • Group
Open, No Cost General Adult Audiences

Contact Information & Scheduling

School superintendents and administrators, please reach out to Daisha Dillard about questions regarding school-based suicide prevention.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs Regarding Suicide Prevention

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