Suicide is TOO BIG TO IGNORE

Suicide is TOO BIG TO IGNORE

Suicide is TOO BIG TO IGNORE

By Jon Haverfield
Mental Health Association Oklahoma Volunteer

I never thought my big sister, Christin, would die by suicide. As a nurse and a community volunteer, she always put other people first and herself last. I miss her so much. That’s why I’m on a mission to raise awareness about the Association’s free suicide prevention training, Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR).

I knew Christin endured severe depression for much of her life. Still, my parents and I were, and still are, shocked that she died by suicide. But the fact is my family isn’t alone in our loss. 

It breaks my heart knowing, on average, 123 people in the U.S. die by suicide each day. That’s roughly the equivalent of a passenger jet crashing every single day. Imagine how quickly our country would rally to end an airliner crashing every day yet suicide largely remains an ignored epidemic. 

Last year, the Association trained more than 800 Oklahomans in QPR to identify the warning signs of suicide. If you haven’t already received QPR training, I’m urging you to sign-up for one of the Association’s upcoming QPR trainings in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. You can sign-up below!

By the time you leave the training, you’ll be ready to ask someone you’re concerned about the tough but essential question: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” Then, because of your QPR training, you’ll be equipped to walk with your friend, co-worker or loved one as they connect to treatment before it’s too late.

 

May 4: Unveiling of Giant TOO BIG TO IGNORE Mural

We’re thrilled to partner with ahha Hardesty Center, aka the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, to present a suicide prevention art piece unlike anything you’ve ever seen! We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but we can assure you it will be too big to ignore. Don’t miss the unveiling at 11 am at ahha Hardesty Center, 101 East Archer Street.

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May 4 in Tulsa: QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Join us at noon at ahha Hardesty Center, 101 East Archer Street. Learn how to ask a question and save a life from suicide. During this free suicide prevention training known as QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), you’ll learn warning signs of suicide and ways to walk alongside someone as they connect to services. Like CPR, the more people who are trained, the more equipped we are as a community to help someone in need. Invite a friend or family member to come with you!

Sign Me Up!

 

May 15 in Tulsa: QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Join us at 6 p.m. in the Pecan Room at Hardesty Regional Library, 8316 East 93rd Street in Tulsa. Learn how to ask a question and save a life from suicide. During this free suicide prevention training known as QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), you’ll learn warning signs of suicide and ways to walk alongside someone as they connect to services. Like CPR, the more people who are trained the more equipped we are as a community to help someone in need. Invite a friend or family member to come with you!

Sign Me Up!

 

May 23 in OKC: QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Join us at noon in Oklahoma City at DC on Film Row community event space. Bring your lunch or buy it at the food truck Murphy’s Cook Shack that will be there and learn how to ask a question and save a life from suicide. During this free suicide prevention training known as QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), you’ll learn warning signs of suicide and ways to walk alongside someone as they connect to services. Like CPR, the more people that are trained, the more equipped we are as a community to help someone in need. Invite a friend or family member to come with you!

Sign Me Up!

 

NOTE: This is the first of five stories in our May is Mental Health Month TOO BIG TO IGNORE series. These stories emphasize the fact that too many Oklahomans ignore mental illness, homelessness, suicide and the fact that our jails and prisons have become de facto institutions. Oftentimes, it’s only when one or more of these dire issues impact our friends, co-workers and loved ones that people finally take notice. This is why we cannot — and will not — stop making this message heard loud and clear in our communities, the halls of the Capitol, and in every Oklahomans’ living room.

 

If you would like to learn more about suicide prevention visit the National Institute of Mental Health’s website here.

 

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