HeartLine, Oklahoma’s Community Crisis Connection, is calling for volunteers to help address youth suicide rates in Oklahoma.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24 in Oklahoma. You can make a difference by becoming a volunteer presenter for HeartLine’s Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative, the Healthy Education for Life Program (HELP).
HeartLine needs community volunteers in order to expand HELP into more Oklahoma schools. The next training session will be10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21. Pre-registration and full attendance is required.
To sign up for this training, please contact HeartLine’s Director of Suicide Prevention & Outreach Programs, Rachel Yates, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 840-9396, extension 107.
The vision of HELP is to equip Oklahoma youth with the knowledge and intervention skills to prevent youth suicide. HELP works toward this vision by providing Oklahoma youth with an interactive, multi-faceted training.
Through the combination of a video, lecture, and group activity, students learn the warning signs of suicide and how to get help for themselves or for a friend.
This comprehensive and informative program empowers students to take action when they believe they have a friend who is depressed or at risk for suicide.
Likewise, HELP encourages students that may personally be at risk for depression or suicide to get help. The video-based program currently reaches approximately 5,000 youth each year.
After the presentations, students receive a survey asking questions about suicide and depression. In the 2011-2012 school year, about 25 percent of students identified themselves or a friend as being at risk for depression or suicide.
HeartLine has been serving Oklahoma since 1971 and provides suicide prevention outreach programs, compassionate listening and crisis intervention services.
HeartLine’s Call Specialists are trained in crisis intervention and are available around the clock through HeartLine’s phone-based services, including 2-1-1, the Oklahoma Problem Gambling Helpline 1-800-522-4700, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-SUICIDE and 1-800-273-TALK.