“We want people to know there are other avenues available,” Thompson said. “We need to get the resources to them.”
The rate of suicides in Edmond has slowed as the year draws to an end.
“I think we are making a positive impact,” Thompson said. “We have been at 13 suicides for some time. I hope people are getting the message and seeing that there are options.”
Sessions about the Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) approach to suicide intervention and prevention will be held during the summit. The QPR approach equips ordinary people with the tools needed to help a friend or loved one, who might be suicidal, receive much needed help.
Also involved in the summit are Edmond Family Counseling, HeartLine, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Parents Helping Parents and OU Medical Center Edmond.