Edmond suicide summit is set for Monday

A suicide prevention summit is set for 6 p.m. Monday at the University of Central Oklahoma. Edmond has had 13 suicides this year.
by Diana Baldwin Published: November 1, 2012
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Edmond has had 13 suicides so far this year, and an additional 48 people have attempted to end their lives.

Last year, four suicides were reported the entire year.

Concerns over suicide led to the creation of the Edmond Suicide Prevention Task Force, with members from the police department, University of Central Oklahoma, public schools, mental health care agencies and counselors.

The task force will hold the next suicide prevention summit at 6 p.m. Monday in the Radtke Fine Arts Theater at UCO's Center for Transformative Learning building.

The summit is open to local residents. Organizers recommend children not attend.

The goal of the summit is to prevent future suicides in the community by providing information and resources to people who are suicidal, or to those who might know someone who is, to help get them the assistance they need, said Steve Thompson, Edmond deputy police chief.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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