If you or someone you know is suicidal, get help immediately via 911, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or the Crisis Text Line (text “HOME” to 741741). You can also contact any school site administrator, counselor or teacher.
Suicide is one of the top three cases of death for young people ages 10-24. At Broken Arrow Public Schools, we take the safety and well-being of our students very seriously. Youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs of their distress. Parents, teachers and friends are in a key position to pick up on these signs and get help. When all adults and students in the school community are committed to making suicide prevention a priority and are empowered to take the correct actions, we can help youth before they engage in behavior with irreversible consequences.
According to the National Association of School Psychologists, suicide risk factors may include the following:
- Mental illness including depression, conduct disorders and substance abuse
- Family stress/dysfunction
- Environmental risks, including presence of a firearm in the home
- Situational crises (e.g., traumatic death of a loved one, physical or sexual abuse, family violence)
Suicide warning signs include:
- Suicidal threats in the form of direct ("I am going to kill myself") and indirect ("I wish I could fall asleep and never wake up again") statements
- Suicide notes and plans (including online postings)
- Prior suicidal behavior
- Making final arrangements (e.g., making funeral arrangements, writing a will, giving away prized possessions)
- Preoccupation with death
- Changes in behavior, appearance, thoughts and/or feelings
If you are worried about yourself or a friend, please talk to a trusted adult, school administrator, counselor or teacher. You can also call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, text ACT to 741741 or call COPES at 918-744-4800.