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Aug 10, 2012
What a great way to end the week with a news interview on KFOR 4 about HeartLine’s Festival of Hope! Thank you Rocky Dunham for joining HeartLine on the show to talk about how HeartLine has impacted your life.
Festival of Hope is August 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Co- Chaired by Tom and Lisa Price, this event seeks to raise awareness and funds for HeartLine’s vital programs. To learn more about this event, view a sponsor list, and purchase tickets online, please visit the Festival of Hope page.
Jul 23, 2012
In this past fiscal year HeartLine served around 163,000 people. OU stadium can seat about 82,000 people. Fill it up twice and then sit down with every single person and talk to them for about 5 minutes, some of them for 30 minutes or longer. In those conversations, listen to their fears, anxieties, and frustrations. Give them some options which they may not have seen before and send them out of the stadium one-by-one.
This is the work done by HeartLine Call Specialists working around the clock to empower the people of Oklahoma with help, hope and information.
Is this an easy task? No. Is it needed? Yes! As a volunteer Call Specialist with HeartLine, you will be helping to empower people on a daily basis. The vital work you will conduct helps our community to evaluate service gaps, identify trends in needs and find realistic solutions for a sustainable and healthy future for the people of Oklahoma.
Will you join us in answering that next call on the line? You could be that voice that helps someone out of domestic violence, helps the homeless person find a shelter, helps the single parent find a food pantry or even saves the life of someone who has lost all reason to live.
Our next training begins with a 2-day intensive on Suicide Intervention training August 29-30. The training continues Monday/Wednesday evenings September 3-19. For more information on our upcoming training contact Louis Paugh at 405-840-9396 x167 or email email@example.com.
This blog post brought to you by: Louis Paugh, Call Center Coordinator
HeartLine is happy to welcome Kirk Smalley of Stand for the Silent! Kirk visited the HeartLine office today and discussed their efforts at preventing bullying and suicide. Stand for the Silent was formed in 2010 by a group of students at the Oklahoma State University Oklahoma City’s Upward Bound Chapter after they became aware of Kirk and Laura Smalley’s son, Ty Field-Smalley. Ty took his life at the age of 11 after being suspended from school for retaliating against his bully. Ty had been bullied for over 2 years. Stand for the Silent is a platform that allows Kirk and Laura Smalley to share their story and to offer education and tools to prevent their tragedy from happening to another child. Since May 2010, the Smalleys have traveled to 488 schools and spoken with over 612,000 students and adults throughout the world.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, bullying is an epidemic that causes 160,000 children a day to stay home from school because they are afraid of being bullied. Researchers at Yale University found that bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than someone not being bullied. Their study of 13 countries found a connection between bullying, being bullied, and suicide. Both the victim and the bully are more likely to consider suicide. 1 in 4 kids will be abused by another youth, according to the American Justice Department. If you are being bullied or worried about someone being bullied, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This service is free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day. HeartLine answers the Lifeline for 76 of 77 counties in Oklahoma. The Lifeline provides compassionate listening, crisis intervention, and information and referrals. If you’d like to learn more about bullying in Oklahoma, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s bullying web page.
HeartLine, Oklahoma’s Community Crisis Connection, needs community volunteers to help address youth suicide rates 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)! The next training session will be held on July 21st from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 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 at 405.840.9396 ext. 107.
In Oklahoma, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10 – 24. The vision of HELP is to equip Oklahoma youth with the knowledge and intervention skills to prevent youth suicide. HELP works towards 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. The video-based program currently reaches approximately 5,000 youth each year. In the 2011-2012 school year, about 25% 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, 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 two national suicide prevention lines 1-800-SUICIDE and 1-800-273-TALK.
You can learn more about the HELP initiative and see a preview of the HELP video on our our Suicide Prevention and Outreach Programs page. You can learn more about HeartLine’s other volunteer opportunities on our Volunteer Opportunities page.
Jun 15, 2012
Today we present a brief interview with one of our outstanding HELP volunteers, Harleta Stokes. Harleta is one of HeartLine’s most dedicated HELP volunteers and has been volunteering with the program since 2003. During her time spent as a volunteer, Harleta has presented HELP to thousands of students in middle schools and high schools in the OKC metro area.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Married, two sons – also married- and one grandson. Retired from Arvest Bank/Security BankCard Center, office management. Enjoy golfing, cross-stitching and knitting preemie-caps, gardening, hunting gophers and attending OU Women’s Basketball games.
What brought you to HeartLine?
I wanted to get involved and volunteer but I didn’t know at the time what that would be. One weekend I was listening to the radio and I heard a public service program talking about the Choice program (HELP) and how volunteers were needed. That was it! I knew immediately I found what I wanted to do.
Why did you decide to become a HELP volunteer?
At first it was hard for me to understand how so many of our young people could be struggling with the decision of suicide, but it was easy to understand the importance in getting information to our youth to make a better decision. I had spent many years being a corporate trainer and I knew talking with the students would come easy for me and would be a good fit. I didn’t realize at the time the positive impact the HELP presentations would have for our youth. This was the program for me to help make a difference.
What is your favorite thing about being a HELP presenter?
The students never fail to surprise me and you never know what they might say or ask which keeps me on my toes. We have some really sharp kids, great teachers and counselors and it’s a good feeling going into the schools to help everyone with this difficult subject. Knowing that our presentation is giving them ‘tools’ to help themselves, their friends or a family member makes it worthwhile.
What would you say to someone that is thinking about volunteering?
Knowing that in a short period of time we are ‘touching’ so many wonderful kids, giving them good, solid and important information makes volunteering an easy decision. This program is not hard to learn or to deliver and it doesn’t have to take a lot of personal time. You just have to look into their eyes to realize how important this information is. It’s also necessary for this program to have a strong volunteer base to handle all of the presentations. If you knew you could help a child make a life saving decision or for them to be able to help someone else, wouldn’t you want to participate?
Are there any obstacles you have had to overcome in order to volunteer?
For me, there really hasn’t been any obstacles. Making sure everyone around me understood why I was volunteering for HELP and its importance assisted others for their buy-in. Management at work was very supportive. Now that I’m retired it’s simply sorting through my priorities and HELP is at the top of that list.
For more information about becoming a HELP volunteer, visit our Suicide Prevention and Outreach Programs page or our Volunteer Opportunities page. HeartLine will hold a HELP volunteer training session on Saturday, July 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information email Rachel Yates or call 405-840-9396 x107.
Jun 12, 2012
The Oklahoman recently ran a great story about HeartLine and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. HeartLine answers the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24 hours day, for 76 out of 77 Oklahoma Counties. This informative story discussed how in recent years we have seen an increase in total call volume to the Lifeline. Check out this great story and video interviews!
May 21, 2012
HeartLine met with the R.I.S.E. (Revolution Inspired by Self Evolution) Phoenix tour, a team of two men who are bicycling across the United States to raise awareness about suicide and the healing power of art. HeartLine hosted a meeting with Thomas Brown and Zachary Chipps of R.I.S.E. Phoenix and other community members on Saturday, May 19th. Both members of R.I.S.E. Phoenix are suicide survivors and shared their stories with the group. Other survivors at the meeting shared their stories about the loss of a loved one to suicide. The discussion involved sharing HeartLine’s work in the realm of suicide prevention, postvention, and intervention. HeartLine also got to learn about other prevention and postvention programs R.I.S.E. has met with along their tour. You can learn more about R.I.S.E. Phoenix and follow their tour on their web site http://risephoenix.org/ and on their Twitter page http://twitter.com/#!/RisePhoenix2012/. Thank you R.I.S.E. Phoenix for taking the time to meet with HeartLine!
Pennies from Heaven, founded by Tracy Neely in memory of her son Andrew Neely, is partnering with local stores and the Oklahoma City Roller Derby to raise funds to support HeartLine’s suicide prevention programs. This marks the 4th year that Pennies from Heaven has partnered with the OKC Roller Derby to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention. Collection jars for pennies and other coins will be placed at the Ft. Thunder Harley Davidson store in Moore and the Boy Scouts office in Oklahoma City from April 9th to April 30th. Make sure to stop buy with your pennies!
Then, don’t miss the Oklahoma City Roller Derby bouts on Saturday, April 21st at the Farmers Market on 311 S. Klein. Tickets are $15 and there are two bouts that evening, one at 5:30 and one at 7:30. Be sure to arrive early so you can enjoy the band, food, and beer! Pennies from Heaven and HeartLine volunteers and staff will be at the bouts raising funds through raffle tickets to pie a player or referee. The player or ref that collects that most “votes” by way of raffle tickets will receive a pie in the face during half-time of the second bout. A name will be randomly drawn from the tickets to select the person who gets to pie the player or ref. We will also be holding a bake sale, silent auction, and selling suicide prevention wrist bands to raise awareness and funds about this important issue. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to pie your favorite player or ref while also supporting HeartLine and suicide prevention!
Tickets will be available at the door or you can purchase them here!
HeartLine, Inc. is proud to announce the promotion of two dedicated HeartLine staff members. Beginning this week, Rachel Yates is HeartLine’s Director of Suicide Prevention & Outreach Programs. Yates’ duties entail facilitating HeartLine’s Healthy Education for Life (HELP) suicide prevention program, recruiting and training volunteers, and scheduling HELP presentations.
Rachel joined the HeartLine team in January of 2011 and has been working as the Call Center Training Specialist. She came to HeartLine from Grainger, after having completed her BA at the University of Oklahoma in Social Sciences. Rachel is excited to be completing her Masters in Administrative Leadership at the end of this year, also at the University of Oklahoma. She looks forward to applying her skills to further build HeartLine’s suicide prevention outreach efforts.
Additionally, beginning last week, Lisa Harper is HeartLine’s Director of Development. Harper’s duties include fundraising, grant writing, maintaining and growing donor relationships, special event planning, and maintaining strong relationships with nonprofit, public and private sector organizations, and community leaders.
Lisa joined the HeartLine team in April of 2011 and has been working as the Director of Suicide Prevention & Outreach Programs. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. She came to HeartLine from the Oklahoma Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, which involved collaborating with government, faith-based, and community organizations.
HeartLine is excited to transition Rachel and Lisa into their new roles and we look forward to all of the growth and development they will bring to the organization!
Tragedy has hit the Edmond community with three teen suicides in only two weeks. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Oklahoma for youth ages 10-24 and Oklahoma ranks 8th worst nationally in deaths by suicide.
HeartLine has been Oklahoma’s Community Crisis Connection for over 40 years, offering help, hope, and information 24 hours a day through 2-1-1, an information and referral line for health and human services and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK. Lisa Harper, HeartLine’s Director of Development states, “Dealing with the loss of a friend or loved one is difficult and we encourage anyone looking for a listening ear to call into one of HeartLine’s many available lines. Also, individuals interested in finding resources for mental health providers or counseling can call 2-1-1 to receive referral information specific to their needs. These calls will be answered right in the heart of Oklahoma City, by fellow Oklahomans that are ready and willing to listen with compassion and care.”
For schools, HeartLine offers HELP, a free youth suicide prevention initiative called the Healthy Education for Life Program. The Healthy Education for Life Program includes information on the impact of depression, school and parental issues, substance abuse and other youth-related challenges and helps identify at-risk students. The program focuses on teaching youth common warning signs of suicide and a three step action plan of how to get help individually or for a friend. Following the presentations, over 26% of youth have self-identified as being at risk for suicide or depression. These students are directly referred for additional mental health treatment. The video-based program currently reaches approximately 5,000 Oklahoma youth annually.
HeartLine’s HELP program is listed on the Suicide Prevention Resource Centers Best Practices Registry for its adherence to standards. Middle and High Schools in the Oklahoma City Metro Area, including areas like Edmond and Norman, can contact HeartLine to have the program brought to their school at no cost. “HeartLine believes that education is a key to prevention,” states Kelly Nutter, HeartLine’s Executive Director. “Teaching young people the warnings signs to watch for in a friend can truly save a life.”
HeartLine, Oklahoma’s Community Crisis Connection, is only a phone call away. HeartLine operates twenty-four hours a day through 2-1-1, the national suicide prevention lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and provides call specialists trained in crisis intervention and compassionate listening skills to speak with callers in need.