NORMAN — Later this month, mental health officials from around the country will gather at a conference to learn about new ways to prevent suicide. The Tulsa World reported that mental health professionals from 16 states will meet in Washington at the Zero Suicide Academy.
The idea is to build collaborative arrangements with mental health associations, law enforcement agencies, hospitals and other community groups to treat suicide as a disease and not just a symptom of depression or anxiety.
By identifying the drivers such as relationship break-ups or unemployment, groups can work together to find counseling, food and housing. Agencies can work together on screening and treatment.
It’s working in two states. Suicide rates there have dropped 75 percent. We look forward to a program finding roots here.
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