Resources for Schools
The ODMHSAS offers two online training options specifically for schools. Both can be accessed at no charge at this link: ok.kognito.com.
- Kognito: At-Risk for Elementary, Middle, and High School is an online training that uses virtual role-play simulations to prepare educators and school staff to recognize signs of distress, approach a student to discuss concerns, and, if necessary, refer the parent/student to appropriate resources. Visit ok.kognito.com to access the training.
- Kognito: Resilient Together is an online training to prepare educators and school staff to establish a crisis response plan, understand considerations for postvention after a suicide death, learn how best to support students impacted by a death, and identify and respond to signs of compassion fatigue in colleagues.
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The Trevor Project collaborated with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American School Counselor Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists to create a model school district policy on suicide prevention. You can review the model policy, one-page fact sheet, and webinar at this link.
SAMHSA has made Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools available at no cost. The downloadable toolkit helps high schools and school districts design and implement strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health.
For information on how schools can respond to a suicide death, please review After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools, a helpful resource written by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), and the Education Development Center (EDC).
In 2001, the Oklahoma Legislature passed the Youth Suicide Prevention Act (House Bill 1241), which established the Youth Suicide Prevention Council and designated the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as the lead agency for youth suicide prevention.
In 2014, the Governor of Oklahoma signed House Bill 1623, which allows Oklahoma school districts to offer suicide awareness and prevention training for students in grades seven through twelve.