HeartLine needs 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. HeartLine
needs community volunteers in order to expand the Healthy Education for Life Program into more Oklahoma schools. 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. 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.
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. Following the presentations, students receive a survey asking questions about suicide and depression. In the 2011-2012 school year, about 25% of students identified themselves or a friend as being at risk for depression or suicide.
The next training session will be held on July 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pre-registration and full attendance is required. To sign up contact HeartLine’s Director of Suicide Prevention & Outreach Programs, Rachel Yates, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 405.840.9396 ext. 107.