HELP provides Oklahomans between 10 and 24 with life-saving suicide prevention skills. HELP teaches in a classroom setting that we all have a role to play in suicide prevention. HeartLine believes that a simple talk can prevent suicide. If we can teach children that it’s okay to talk about suicide, to ask for help and to ask our friends if they need help, then we can keep more of our children healthy and safe, reduce the rate of suicide in Oklahoma and continue to build a healthier community.
Serving as a preventive mental health care program, HELP offers instruction in improving, managing and assisting others with mental health. It also provides screenings so that at-risk students can connect to immediate help.
HELP provides free, interactive training to increase awareness and empower students to prevent suicide using an ASK-LISTEN-TELL model. Through our program last school year, a staggering average of more than 18 percent of students self-identified as being at risk for suicide, 33 percent have had thoughts of suicide, 18 percent identified a friend as a suicide risk and 45 percent knew someone who died by suicide. All students who self-identify as suicide risks are connected to their school counselor for long-term support, with our assistance.
HELP empowers students to talk about suicide and help reduce their risk. HELP utilizes proactive processes that recognize and solve mental health problems before they occur, increasing the reliability and predictability of systems of care. The community impact of our program is decreased suicide rates among Oklahoma youth. In the community this age group interacts with, this increases access to crisis-intervention resources and reduces stigma surrounding mental illness.
If you’d like to learn more about HELP and how to bring this program to your school or organization, submit an interest form or call Carly Benson at 405-840-9396 ext. 101.
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