WASHINGTON, D.C. —
HOW TO HELP, GET HELP
Members of a community suicide prevention task force are sponsoring a suicide prevention summit from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Pegasus Theater, Liberal Arts Building, on the UCO campus. It is one of several that have been held in Edmond in recent months.
It has been a difficult year for many Edmond residents who have been touched by loved ones who have committed suicide.
“Together I feel that as a community we are starting to make a difference and in turn save lives,” said Ken Elliott, director of UCO’s Violence Prevention Project.
In 2012 Edmond Police officers responded to 13 suicides and 55 attempted suicides, according to the Edmond Police Department. Victims have been male and female and ranged from age 14 to age 60-plus.
Elliott said he is encouraged by the number of community stakeholders involved in the citywide effort. Individuals who have contemplated suicide are starting to hear the message that they are not alone and that there is hope, Elliott said.
The event will include a faith talk, a teacher talk and a faith talk. Participants will be taught QPR — question, persuade, refer — a method of suicide prevention. There also will be instructions for teens and for members of the LGBT community.
Elliott said if area residents or someone they know has experienced thoughts of suicide or experienced signs of depression, they are encouraged to attend the summit. They will receive information that could save a life, he said.
FOR MORE information about the event, call Elliott at 974-2388, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.uco.edu/student-affairs/scc.
FOR ASSISTANCE with mental health issues, call 2-1-1, HeartLine’s 24/7 information and referral line for health and human service needs. Callers can get help, hope and information from a database of more than 3,000 partner agencies and 6,000 individual services. Also, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a helpline answered by HeartLine in Oklahoma.
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