Why is adolescent suicide on the rise in Oklahoma?

Published in February 2019 TulsaPeople Magazine (http://www.tulsapeople.com/Tulsa-People/February-2019/Why-is-adolescent-suicide-on-the-rise-in-Oklahoma/) Oklahoma adolescent suicide rates are outpacing increases nationally. Local agencies and professionals lend their expertise to this tough issue that doesn’t discriminate. BY GAIL BANZET-ELLIS Adolescent suicide is growing at an alarming rate in Oklahoma. Suicides among ages 10-24 in the state have increased 41 percent since 2006,…

Anxiety Over School Shootings

Anxiety over school shootings has become a common fear in America. When something that once seemed unthinkable happens with some regularity, added to our feeling of horror that it’s happened (again!) is another kind of alarm: Could this happen at my child’s school? And many parents have begun to worry whether the news of school…

What to Do if You’re Worried About Suicide

This article originally appeared on Child Mind Institute website. Reprinted with permission. What do you do when you’re worried that a child might be feeling suicidal? First and foremost, it’s important that you talk to him about your concerns in a calm, non-accusatory manner. Sometimes when parents are very worried, they end up saying, “Don’t…

Family & Children’s Services Demands Immediate Legislative Action to Fix State Budget Hole

TULSA, Okla.  – Family & Children’s Services (F&CS) implores state legislators to take immediate action to fill the budget hole to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens receive necessary mental health care. Today, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) announced devastating cuts of $75 million to 700 statewide agencies effective Dec. 1. This will…