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At a glance: Common suicide warning signs and how to get help

At a glance: Common suicide warning signs and how to get help
Modified: September 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm •  Published: September 26, 2012
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/articleid/3713323/1/pictures/1842703">Photo - Lorenzo Cook hugs Silvia Cook at Cimarron Plaza in Stillwater. Students were taken there to meet their parents following a suicide at Stillwater Junior High School. PHOTO BY JONATHAN SUTTON, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN
Lorenzo Cook hugs Silvia Cook at Cimarron Plaza in Stillwater. Students were taken there to meet their parents following a suicide at Stillwater Junior High School. PHOTO BY JONATHAN SUTTON, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN

• Firearms were used in half of youth suicides in Oklahoma from 2004-07.

• Firearms are the predominant method of suicide among young males; hanging/strangulation, poisoning and firearms are the leading methods among young females.

• Depression is the leading circumstance associated with young male suicide; for young females, it's relationship problems.

• Twenty-six percent of Oklahoma youths who committed suicide from 2004-07 previously disclosed their intent.

Free and confidential hotlines for parents concerned their teen may be suicidal:

• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255)

• Parents Careline: 848-CARE (2273)

• (800) SUICIDE (784-2433)

For placement or greater treatment than talk therapy, call the state Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Department at 522-3908.

Sources: State Health Department, HeartLine Oklahoma

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