Sept 2019 – Suicide Prevention Month


Suicide Prevention Newsletter
September 2019 – Suicide Prevention Month
Suicide Prevention Week: September 8-14, 2019

During Suicide Prevention Week, Month, and all year long, The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is encouraging everyone to learn about the actions that can help save lives and #BeThere for their communities. The Action Alliance is partnering with several organizations to engage communities to learn how to take action to help friends and family feel more hopeful, engage in help-seeking behaviors, and experience recovery.

There are many ways to get involved in Suicide Prevention Month.

  • Check out the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s ideas for action to learn 15 ways to get involved during Suicide Prevention Month.
  • Use the #BeThere hashtag to engage your followers on social media and provide information on the actions they can take to support someone who’s struggling.
  • Join The Action Alliance’s Partner Page to show your organization’s commitment to suicide prevention and #BeThere efforts.
  • Check out resources from Action Alliance partners- like the #BeThe1To campaign from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the #BeThere campaign from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Attend one of the many suicide prevention trainings or events in your community that are listed in the calendar section of this newsletter.

National events hosted by The Action Alliance include:
  • September 6-8: National Weekend of Prayer for Faith, Hope, and Life. Faith communities across the country are invited to pray for those who have been touched by suicide and to learn more about how faith communities can play a role in suicide prevention. Click here to learn more.
  • September 10: National American Indian/Alaska Native Hope for Life Day hosted by The Action Alliance’s AI/AN Task Force. Professionals and organizers working within AI/AN communities are encouraged to host culturally relevant events in their communities to promote hope, life, and cultural resiliency. You can learn more and access a toolkit here

Talk Saves Lives Facilitator Training

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Talk Saves Lives is a one-hour, introductory suicide prevention training for community members. A facilitator training will be held from 10 AM to 3 PM on Thursday, September 12, in Oklahoma City. Before you can present Talk Saves Lives, you need to have received some type of gatekeeper training (e.g. QPR, Mental Health First Aid, ASIST, etc.). Capacity for this workshop is limited, so act fast. You will need to bring a blank flash drive with you so you can leave with the presentation materials. Email Megan at to register.

  • September 4-5: Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) training provided by the MSPI grant of Kickapoo Tribe Behavioral Health. CAMS is a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment. CEUs available for LPC, LMFT, LCSW, LADC, and psychologists. Click here for more info. (Shawnee)
  • September 5: Talk Saves Lives training in Harrah. 6-7 PM. Email for more information. (Harrah)
  • September 7: AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk. (Oklahoma City)
  • September 8-14: Suicide Prevention Week
  • September 10: Suicide prevention event hosted by Quapaw Nation featuring speakers, resources, and an awareness walk. 6 PM at the Quapaw Nation Community Building at 5691 S 630 Rd in Quapaw. Providers and agencies are invited to share resources at this event. For more information, email
  • September 12: Talk Saves Lives Facilitator Training. 10 AM-3 PM. See above for more information. Email to register. (Oklahoma City)
  • September 12: Mental Health First Aid (Adults). 8 AM-5 PM. (Oklahoma City)
  • September 13: A Mass of Remembrance in memory of those lost to suicide. Those who have experienced the loss of someone to suicide are invited to celebrate their loved one’s life; those who wish to pray for and offer support for families and friends are welcome to attend. Reception to follow. 7 PM at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. (Oklahoma City)
  • September 14: AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk. (Woodward)
  • September 14-15: 2019 Suicide Prevention Summit, a free online suicide prevention conference led by global experts for mental health professionals. Available in real-time on September 14-15, and all the session content is available to stream on-demand after the conference from September 16-29. CEUs available. 
  • September 20: Resource fair for service members, veterans and their families. 10 AM-3 PM at the Springlake Metro Tech Economic Development Center located at 1700 Springlake Drive. (Oklahoma City)
  • September 21: AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk. (Tahlequah)
  • September 23-25: Navigating Mental Health and Substance Abuse through Counseling, Law Enforcement, and the Judicial Process. CEU’s & CLEET hours pending approval. This conference is open to any mental health, law enforcement or judicial professionals that are interested. Organized by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. (Durant)
  • September 25-26: 2019 Justice and Recovery Conference. This conference will provide participants with knowledge of specialty court best practices and cutting edge strategies to continue to improve Oklahoma’s Specialty Court network. Organized by the ODMHSAS. CEUs available. (Midwest City)
  • September 26: Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Council meeting at the ODMHSAS Central Office from 1-3 PM (2000 N. Classen Blvd., middle building that backs up to N. Western, 1st floor meeting room, in Oklahoma City)
    • If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, you may do so via conference call. To access the conference call, dial 646-558-8656 and enter code 225 922 833 when prompted.
  • September 30: Mental Health First Aid (Youth). 8 AM-5 PM. (Oklahoma City)
  • October 3-4: Zarrow Mental Health Symposium, a two-day mental health conference. This year’s theme is “Resilience. Recovery. Rethink Mental Health.” Up to 14.5 CEUs available. More details here. (Tulsa)
  • October 7: Student Success Summit: Drawing the Connection to Hope, Resiliency, and ICAP. Morning Keynote: The Science of Hope presented by Dr. Chan Hellman, The University of Oklahoma Hope Center. Afternoon breakout sessions on effective ICAP implementation, Career Awareness, Exploration and Planning, childhood trauma, hope and resiliency for students of all ages. Organized by the Oklahoma State Department Of Education – Student Support Office. 8 AM-3 PM. (Norman)
  • October 10: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Train-the-Trainer. This training equips attendees to provide QPR training in their communities. Email for more information. (Oklahoma City)
  • October 12: 22 Too Many Hike to remember veterans and service members who have died by suicide and provide support to affected families. 8 AM. (Oklahoma City)
If you would like to add your organization’s suicide prevention event to an upcoming newsletter, please send the event information and relevant web link(s) to Megan Lueck at

The inclusion of the above events in this newsletter does not constitute or imply any recommendation or endorsement of the events by the ODMHSAS.

Trainer Directory

Are you a trainer for a suicide prevention program? Consider adding your information to be included in the new trainer directory coming soon. The purpose of the trainer directory is to allow communities across Oklahoma to find a certified trainer in their area. Please only add your name to the directory if you are certified, willing, and able to provide training. The information you provide will be available to the public so that interested individuals may contact you regarding training opportunities.

Trainers are needed for the following evidence-based programs: ASIST; Mental Health First Aid; QPR; safeTALK; Talk Saves Lives; Working Minds; and Youth Mental Health First Aid. You will be asked to upload a copy of your trainer certificate for each of the training types you select, so please have one available in PDF, JPG or PNG format. You may upload multiple documents at one time, but you will not be able to return to the form after submitting. To add your information, click here.

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