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,…

The CRT is saving lives

How the CRT helped prevent a suicide (News on 6) Tulsa is losing precious lives to suicide and untreated mental illness. We have one of the nation’s highest rates of mental illness and rank 15th for suicide.  State funding for mental healthcare has declined resulting in under-resourced early intervention and treatment options. The launch of…

Marilyn’s Story

Marilyn* was 53 years old when we first got to know her. Marilyn was single and unemployed, but her biggest concern was her 32-year-old son, Jason. Jason had a serious medical condition and a mountain of medical bills. Marilyn, though, had a sure-fire plan to get Jason out of debt. She’d kill herself. You see,…

Ella’s Story

Cherry-flavored lip gloss, Justin Bieber and Monopoly games that last for days. Things like these occupy the thoughts of most 10-year-old girls. But Ella had different things on her mind: her weight, recurrent run-ins with school bullies, the way it felt to slash her forearms with paper clips and suicide. And Ella was just 10…