Ann Jenkins, Family & Children’s Services associate program officer of crisis services, was chosen by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) to attend the Zero Suicide Academy in Washington D.C. in June.

The Zero Suicide Academy will be hosted by The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. The Action Alliance is recruiting pioneer health and behavioral health systems from across the country to implement innovative framework within their respective organizations. The Action Alliance will provide the support and tools communities need to provide state-of-the-art suicide care. This new model of care includes a shift in perspective from thinking that suicide is inevitable to every suicide is preventable.

“The sharing of resources makes a huge difference,” Jenkins said. “We have never seen this level of unification across the board. The Zero Suicide program has great movement, and as behavioral and health agencies all across the nation, we have decided that this is life and death and we want to cooperate to eliminate suicide in our country.”

Read about the training, including an interview with Jenkins, in the Tulsa World.

Click HERE for more information on Zero Suicide. Stay tuned for updates as we begin to implement this exciting and innovative approach to suicide prevention in our community.

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