Target Population: American Indian/Alaska Native children, youth, and families
Grant Catchment Area (geographical location): Pushmataha County, Oklahoma
Goal #1: Increase the capacity of the local community to provide tools, services, and resources that promote the mental health of AI/AN children, youth, and families.
Goal #2: Increase access to mental health services for AI/AN children, youth, and families by enhancing cross-system collaboration across various sectors.
Goal #3: Decrease suicide among AI/AN students and their peers by implementing an evidence- based, peer-to-peer, school-based program that provides knowledge, skills, and resources in suicide prevention.
Goal #4: Increase the capacity of the local community to provide tools, services, and resources that promote the mental health of AI/AN children, youth, and families.
We R Native: This is a comprehensive health resource for Native youth, by Native youth, providing content and stories about the topics that matter most to them. We strive to promote holistic health and positive growth in our local communities and nation at large. We R Native launched in 2012, and a mobile version of the site launched in 2013. The site has over 330 health and wellness pages that have been reviewed by Native youth and topical experts. We R Native is housed at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. For more information, visit https://www.wernative.org/
Ask Auntie or Uncle using this link https://www.wernative.org/ask-auntie-chat
StrongHearts Native Helpline: 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483) is a safe, anonymous, and confidential domestic violence and dating violence helpline for Native Americans and Alaska Natives, offering culturally appropriate support and advocacy. StrongHearts advocates offer the following services at no cost:
- peer support and advocacy
- information and education about domestic violence and sexual violence
- personalized safety planning
- crisis intervention
- referrals to Native-centered domestic violence and sexual violence service providers
- basic information about health options
- support finding a local health facility or crisis center that is trained to care for survivors of sexual assault and offers services like sexual assault forensic exams
- general information about jurisdiction and legal advocacy referrals
For more information about StrongHearts Native Helpline or to get help, visit https://strongheartshelpline.org/get-help
White Bison: White Bison, Inc., is an American Indian/Alaska Native non-profit charitable organization operating under the provisions of 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code and is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Through White Bison, it’s Founder and President Don Coyhis, Mohican Nation, has offered healing resources to Native America since 1988. White Bison offers sobriety, recovery, addictions prevention, and wellness/Wellbriety learning resources to the Native American/Alaska Native community nationwide. Many non-Native people also use White Bison’s healing resource products, attend its learning circles, and volunteer their services. White Bison is a NAADAC approved provider (#64009) and a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Member #11364.
Address: 6455 N. Union Blvd, Ste 102, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
White Bison’s website: https://whitebison.org/
The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) believes all Native American youth should lead full and healthy lives, have equal access to opportunity, and draw strength from their culture and one another. As a policy program of the Aspen Institute founded by former U.S. (United States) Senator Byron Dorgan (ret.), we work to improve the health, safety, and overall well-being of Native American youth. We do this through youth recognition, inspiration, and leadership; research, advocacy, and policy change; serving as a national resource exchange; and by building a Native youth driven narrative. For more information, visit https://www.cnay.org/
Tele-Native Youth Webinars
CNAY hosts Tele-Native Youth webinars bi-weekly for youth to speak with professionals in the field on topics amid COVID-19 such as: Laugher is Medicine, Back to School in COVID-19, Art is Medicine, & Indigenizing Higher Education. For more information, visit https://www.cnay.org/webinars/
Youth Crisis Mobile Response: (Toll-Free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) 1-833-885-2273 (CARE) For more information, visit https://heartlineoklahoma.org/heartlineoklahoma.org-youth-crisis-mobile-response
Oklahoma Heartline: Call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211. For more information, visit https://heartlineoklahoma.org/
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Oklahoma Helpline: Call 1-800-583-1264 Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. for free mental health information and support to Oklahoma residents. For more information, visit https://www.namioklahoma.org/
Virtual Family Support Groups are offered by NAMI Oklahoma Affiliates in communities across the state. They are free, confidential, and safe groups for families helping other families who live with mental health challenges. In NAMI Family Support Groups, families join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. Family members can achieve a renewed sense of hope for their loved one who has mental illness, ranging from ADHD to schizophrenia. To learn more, visit https://www.namioklahoma.org/virtual-support-groups
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a peer-led recovery support group for people living with mental illness. These groups provide an ongoing opportunity to discuss the challenges of living with mental illness and the techniques for maintaining wellness. For more information, visit https://www.namioklahoma.org/virtual-support-groups
Mental Health Association Oklahoma’s statewide work is dedicated to promoting mental health and the equity of access to mental health care through advocacy, education, research, service, and housing. Since 1955, we have worked toward this goal. We have fought for essential access to community-based services. We stood side-by-side in the face of tragedy and despair. We have leaned on each other through support groups and pro bono counseling services. Our work includes housing, mental health education, support groups, pro bono counseling, mental health screening and referral, suicide prevention, peer-to-peer recovery services, employment readiness, community health and wellness initiatives, and criminal justice advocacy. For more information, visit https://mhaok.org/
- Request a Free Youth Mental Health Screening: https://mhaok.org/teen-mental-health-screening
- Mental Health Assistance Center: Call their free statewide Mental Health Assistance Center. Their caring mental health professionals can provide you with the information and resources related to mental illness, suicide prevention, employment support, and housing. They are always here to help you access critical services, support programs, and more. Call them at (918)585-1213 or (405) 943-3700.
Contact them anytime Monday-Friday, 8:30 A.M.-5 P.M., or leave them a voice message after hours and they will return your call. You can also email them at email@example.com
Community Service Council (CSC) Tulsa – 211 Eastern Oklahoma is a 24/7 free service that is available to Eastern Oklahomans through a direct phone call, live chat, or online search. We maintain a comprehensive database of 1,141 provider agencies representing 9,864 vetted services across the 37 counties we serve that are updated regularly. Their team of resource specialists deliver quick, accurate results for those who need help in a professional and caring manner. For more information, visit https://csctulsa.org/211eok/
Oklahoma Safeline: 1-800-522-7233 (SAFE)
The Oklahoma SafeLine is a confidential, toll-free, 24-hour hotline for Oklahomans seeking help or information about domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Translation services are available in 150 languages. If you need prompt assistance, you can call the 24-hour Oklahoma Safeline. Operators at this Safeline can help you with safety planning, emergency shelter, and crisis intervention.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Oklahoma – The work they do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those who have lost someone to suicide. You can also find Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss. For more information, visit https://afsp.org/chapter/oklahoma/
The Children’s Behavioral Health Network is an initiative co-led by the Oklahoma Family Network, NAMI Oklahoma, Parents Helping Parents, and the Oklahoma Families Federation to develop an effective statewide behavioral support network for children, youth, young adults, and their families. Their mission is to connect families with children experiencing behavioral health and/or substance abuse concerns to provide opportunities for improving lives through support, education, resources, and advocacy. For more information, visit https://www.okcbhn.org/
- Northwest OK Region – facebook.com/CBHNNWOK
- Northeast OK Region – facebook.com/CBHNNEOK
- Southeast OK Region – facebook.com/CBHNSEOK
- Southwest OK Region – facebook.com/CBHNSWOK
- Central OK Region – facebook.com/CBHNCentralOK
The Oklahoma Family Network (OFN) informs and connects individuals with special health care needs and disabilities, their families and professionals to services and support in their communities. Their services are designed for any child who had to spend time in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) or was born premature, has physical disabilities or medical concerns (including cancer, rare or undiagnosed disorders, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Down Syndrome, Mental Health Diagnoses, etc.), or mental or behavioral health concerns. Their staff has been through similar situations, and it is their goal that no family goes through these things alone. They carry out their goals through three primary areas: Emotional Support, Information & Training, and Advocacy & Leadership. For more information, visit http://oklahomafamilynetwork.org/
Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (OCADVSA) – We are a resource for service providers and advocates throughout Oklahoma and Indian Country who work to prevent and eliminate domestic, sexual, and systemic violence. We provide education, shed light on issues that affect all victims, and advocate for legislation that will better support victims. Together we work towards an abuse-free future for our state, our country, and our world. For more information, visit https://www.ocadvsa.org/
We provide training opportunities for victim service advocates and allies on a multitude of topics.
We provide technical assistance on the local, state, and national level. Direct service providers reach out to us for knowledge on how to strengthen their sustainability, streamline operations, or gain new skills. We offer assistance on an array of subjects, including
- Organizational capacity
- Policies (organizational, state, and federal)
- Resource sharing
- Agency connections
OCADVSA advocates to improve public policy and systems response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking in Oklahoma and Indian Country. We contract with a lobbyist, Tonya Lee, who ensures legislation conforms to the needs of victims and victim service providers throughout the state. One of our highest priorities is that all victims and service agencies are fully represented in the legislation for which we advocate. We are the voice of the survivors, the member programs, and all allies that aid in the enhancement of lives and safety of victims in Oklahoma and Indian Country.
Certified Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Professional (CDSVRP) Certification
OCADVSA offers training and certification for professional advocates for victims of domestic and sexual violence. The training focuses on evidence-based practices to aid in improving victim services and ultimately eliminating domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
To learn more about CDSVRP certification, to register, or renew your certification, visit https://www.ocadvsa.org/cdsvrp-certification/
We provide educational resources to direct service providers, advocates, law enforcement, mental health professionals, educators, and anyone else who wishes to raise awareness and combat against domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, and underserved communities.
Pushmataha County Resources
Teen Health & Wellness website (Sponsored by the Project Brave program at the Antlers Public Library) – This online resource provides middle and high school students with nonjudgmental, straightforward, curricular, and self-help support, aligned to state, national, and provincial standards. It contains information about various topics such as diseases, drugs and alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide and bullying, green living, LGBTQ issues, and more. All content in Teen Health & Wellness is created for teens with their unique concerns and perspective in mind. Information throughout is presented using a sensitive, respectful, and age-appropriate approach. For more information, visit the Antlers Public Library website https://www.antlerslibrary.okpls.org/ and click on the Teen Health & Wellness button.
Some features of this website are:
- Instant translation into 100 languages, including Spanish, French, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Korean, and more.
- List of local and national hotlines, mental health resources, and a list of counseling services available in Pushmataha County.
- Visit the Calm Room – If you are feeling overwhelmed, or just need to take a break, these tools and resources can help you relax, de-stress, and refocus.
Local Counseling Centers Serving Pushmataha County- ODMHSAS Certified
RED ROCK BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES CRISIS SERVICES
Telehealth Available Statewide – FREE
Phone: (405) 987-7625 (ROCK)
Address: 4400 N Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone Number(s): Virtual Crisis Response Team (405) 987-7625 (ROCK)
Provides services to help stabilize individuals who are experiencing emotional or psychological distress. Psychiatrists are available on-call for consultation and the program provides on-going services, face to face, virtual, and telephone intervention.
ZEN GEE COUNSELING- ANTLERS OFFICE
Address: 1322 W Main Street, Antlers, OK 74523
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Provides outpatient mental health services for individuals or families. Services include rehabilitation services, family/marital counseling, case management, and crisis intervention.
Address: 193908 Hwy 271, Antlers, OK 74523
Hours: Mon- Thurs 8am-5pm
Crossroads 1010, LLC. is a privately owned and operated outpatient mental health care agency offering individual, group, and family therapy, as well as case management and mental health evaluations.
Address: 112 North High Street, Antlers, OK 74523
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 AM – 5 PM
Quest Counseling provides case management, family, marriage, individual and interactive therapy for issues, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, and substance abuse.
SEQUELCARE OF OKLAHOMA: OUTPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH – ANTLERS
Address: 107 S High Street, Antlers, OK 74523
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am – 5 pm
SequelCare provides individual, group, family, and marriage therapy service, as well as case management and individual and group rehabilitation services to adults, adolescents, and children.
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. For more information, visit https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
- TrevorLifeline: If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386.
- TrevorChat: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/
- TrevorText: Text START to 678-678 Confidential text messaging with a Trevor counselor, available 24/7 365 days a year.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)’s Healing Conversations Program – formerly known as the Survivor Outreach Program – gives those who have lost someone to suicide the opportunity to talk with experienced volunteers. These AFSP volunteers, who are themselves survivors of suicide loss, offer understanding and guidance in the weeks and months following a suicide death. Available in person, on the phone, or by video chat, our volunteers are familiar with the isolation that so often accompanies a death of this kind and can show suicide loss survivors a way forward into a world of support, by creating an opportunity for the newly bereaved to speak openly with, and ask questions of someone who has been there, too, and truly gets it. For more information visit, https://afsp.org/healing-conversations
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. This unique network of frontline providers, family members, researchers, and national partners is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the U.S. This mission is to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families, and communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit https://www.nctsn.org/
The Youth Mental Health Project is a grassroots nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, empower, and support families and communities to better understand and care for the mental health of our youth. They envision a world made up of informed families and caring communities that realize and strengthen the mental health of our youth — a world where people are just as aware of their mental health as their physical health, where families are validated and able to readily access the care they need. Our Mission: We educate, empower, and support families and communities to better understand and care for the mental health of our youth. For more information, visit https://ymhproject.org/
Fact Sheets on addiction, ADHD, anxiety, depression, mental health, learning disabilities, OCD, and more. To access these fact sheets, visit https://ymhproject.org/factsheets/
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center – Many resources including Suicide Prevention Awareness Month ideas, programs, toolkits, fact sheets, etc. are available on their website. For more information, visit https://www.sprc.org/
American Association of Suicidology – To promote the understanding and prevention of suicide and support those who have been affected by it. This resource includes facts and statistics, Support Groups Database, Toolkits and Briefs, Warning Signs, Training and Accreditation, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior: AAS’s Peer-Reviewed Journal, Resources for LGBTQ+M Resources for Suicide Loss Survivors, Resources for Suicide Attempt Survivors, Resources for Schools and Parents, Resources for Journalists, Crisis Centers, and Means Safety. For more information, visit https://suicidology.org/
The National Family Support Technical Assistance Center (NFSTAC) is driven by the needs of families and the workforce that supports families. Engagement with families and the workforce of family peers, providers and organizations across the mental health and substance use fields who engage in this powerful work is critical. NFSTAC works for you! For more information, visit https://www.ffcmh.org/
Help Yourself. Help Others. – Everyone experiences stress, sadness, and anxiety from time to time – it’s a part of life. If you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or unable to do the things you once enjoyed, it may be time to assess your emotional health. If you are concerned about yourself or someone you love, take a few minutes to complete an anonymous self-assessment. Also has resources on the Stop a Suicide tab including Acknowledge, Care, Tell (ACT) simple graphic, Guided Exercises to Reduce Stress & Anxiety, Healthy Coping Strategies, and a blog. For more information, visit https://helpyourselfhelpothers.org/
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE)
If you are the victim of a sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline for assistance. Your call will be routed to a local RAINN-affiliated organization. Most calls will be routed to an agent you can speak to immediately, but it is possible you might reach a voicemail box.
Indian Country Child Trauma Center (ICCTC) – http://icctc.org/index.asp
The Indian Country Child Trauma Center offers a training program to provide specialized training to mental health and behavioral health professionals working in Indian Country. The trainings in the Honoring Children Series are specific to Native populations and the unique characteristics of tribal people. The Honoring Children Series are evidence-based interventions for culturally appropriate treatment for American Indian/Alaska Native Children.
Honoring Children, Making Relatives – Cultural adaptation of Parent Child Interaction Therapy- Honoring Children, Making Relatives incorporates American Indian and Alaskan Native philosophies into the basic concepts of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Included in the curriculum are the issues of implementation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions in rural and/or isolated tribal communities with limited licensed professionals. Procedures are in place for assisting, measuring and monitoring the skills acquisition and treatment fidelity for rural/isolated or reservation-based therapist-trainees. Online video consultation is used in the live remote real time coaching sessions to overcome the issue of distance and time constraints. This treatment is appropriate for children between the ages of 3 to 7 years of age.
Honoring Children, Mending the Circle – Cultural adaptation of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy – This model combines trauma-sensitive interventions with elements of cognitive behavioral therapy into a treatment designed to address the unique needs of children with post-traumatic stress disorder and other problems related to traumatic life experiences. It is appropriate for most types of trauma and for children up to the age of 18.
Honoring Children, Respectful Ways – Cultural adaptation of Treatment for Children with Sexual Behavior Problems – This therapy is appropriate for children between the ages of 3-12 years of age who have experienced traumas of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and violence in the family. Inappropriate sexual behaviors of AI/AN children and youth can have wide-ranging impact on not only the children but also can significantly affect the family, the extended family, and the community, and can result in serious negative social consequences.
Honoring Children, Honoring the Future – American Indian Life Skills Development Curriculum, a suicide prevention curriculum for middle and high school students. It was the only evidence-based suicide prevention program in Indian Country that has been recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2005 as a SAMHSA program of excellence. ICCTC (Indian Country Child Trauma Center) has assisted the author to modify the curriculum for middle school students and Boys and Girls Clubs in Indian Country.
Bureau of Justice Assistance – https://bja.ojp.gov/
The Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) Toolkit provides resources for law enforcement agencies to partner with service providers, advocates, and individuals with mental illness and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities. The goal of these partnerships is to ensure the safety of all, to respond effectively, and to improve access to services and supports for people with mental illness. For more information about this toolkit, visit https://bja.ojp.gov/program/pmhc
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) – https://www.sprc.org/
Working Minds was developed by the Carlson J. Spencer Foundation, the Working Minds: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace program consists of two trainings designed to help workplace administrators and employees better understand and prevent suicide. The 2-hour Working Minds Training gives participants the tools and skills to appreciate the critical needs for suicide prevention while creating a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges. The program builds a business case for suicide prevention while promoting help-seeking and help-giving. For more information about Working Minds, visit https://sprc.org/resources-programs/working-minds-suicide-prevention-workplace
Zero Suicide Institute – https://zerosuicide.edc.org/
The Zero Suicide Institute guides healthcare organizations in the implementation of Zero Suicide by providing consultation, training, and resources to make suicide care safer. The Zero Suicide Toolkit is available to help healthcare systems transform suicide care. For more information about this toolkit, visit https://zerosuicide.edc.org/toolkit/zero-suicide-toolkitsm
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS)- https://oklahoma.gov/odmhsas.html
Living Works START
Most people are surprised to learn that they’re much more likely to encounter someone who’s thinking about suicide than someone who needs CPR. Suicide is preventable. With the right skills, anyone can help save a life. This interactive training program will give you the skills and knowledge to keep family, friends, co-workers, and others safe from suicide. For more information about Living Works, visit https://oklahoma.gov/odmhsas/learning-and-education/training-institute/living-works-start.html
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). For more information, visit https://oklahoma.gov/odmhsas/prevention/business/mental-health-first-aid.html
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour public education program that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents (ages 12-18). The training builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. For more information, visit http://youthmentalhealthfirstaidoklahoma.com/Course.aspx?Module=ymhfa
Kognito At-Risk in K-12
Depression and anxiety are the two most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses among teens. It’s important to remember that 50% of mental illnesses begin at 14 years of age. With all the changes high school students are going through, you can be a resource for them. At-Risk training from Kognito helps school staff recognize signs and symptoms and refer students to support. Audience: Schools
It’s Real: Teens and Mental Health – A 45-minute presentation that involves youth with general mental health information and resources. The presentation defines mental health and includes guidance on starting a conversation about mental health and engaging in self-care. Offered by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). For ages 14+
Hazelden Publishing – https://www.hazelden.org/store/welcome
The complete Hazelden Lifelines® Trilogy is a unique collection of three programs that addresses the important topic of youth suicide from prevention to intervention to response. It includes today’s best practices and topics and language to reflect today’s youth culture. Included in this collection are three programs: Lifelines Prevention, which educates students, faculty, and parents, on suicide prevention; Lifelines Intervention, which helps students and faculty in middle and high schools identify suicide warning signs; and Lifelines Postvention, which provides faculty and students in middle and high schools with the tools to respond to suicide and traumatic deaths. For more information, visit https://www.hazelden.org/store/item/503147 or https://www.hazelden.org/web/public/lifelines.page Free training provided by ODMHSAS.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – https://afsp.org/
Talks Saves Lives – Talk Saves Lives is AFSP’s standardized, 45–60-minute education program that provides participants with a clear understanding of this leading cause of death, including the most up-to-date research on suicide prevention, and what they can do in their communities to save lives.
Participants will learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide and how to keep themselves and others safe. The standard Talk Saves Lives presentation is also available in Spanish. This program is also available to highlight suicide in communities such as firearm owners, senior citizens, and LGBTQ+. Offered by AFSP. For more information, visit https://afsp.org/talk-saves-lives
Gizmo’s Pawesome Guide to Mental Health – A 30-40-minute read-along activity with children and their trusted adult(s). This program seeks to introduce mental health and wellness, how to care for one’s mental health in a non-threatening way that encourages the self-identification of warning signs, and when to apply the use of internal and external health coping strategies to help reduce risk. The book ends with an opportunity for youth to create a mental health plan that they can use daily and in a time of need that help them avert crisis. Offered by AFSP. Content appropriate for ages 5-11, but all ages can benefit.
Introduction to Supporting Those at Risk – A 60-minute presentation that provides information and resources on how to support someone in your life with lived experience. This program focuses on loved ones and supporters of those with lived experience. (Lived experience refers to a person who has made an attempt or struggles with suicidal thoughts.) Offered by AFSP. For ages 18+
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – https://www.nami.org/home
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, eight-session educational program for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery. For more information, visit https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/Mental-Health-Education/NAMI-Peer-to-Peer
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others, and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.
NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions, and interactive exercises. For more information, visit https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/Mental-Health-Education/NAMI-Family-to-Family
NAMI Basics & NAMI Basics OnDemand – NAMI Basics is a 6-session education program for parents, caregivers, and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. This program is free to participants, 99% of whom say they would recommend the program to others. NAMI Basics is available both in person and online through NAMI Basics OnDemand.
The in-person course is taught by a trained team with lived experience raising a child with a mental health condition. They know what you’re going through because they’ve been there too.
The OnDemand program is also guided by parents and family members with lived experience but is self-paced and available 24/7. OnDemand offers the flexibility of participating in the course on your schedule. Both formats provide identical information, strategies, and the opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers. For more information, visit https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/Mental-Health-Education/NAMI-Basics
NAMI Family & Friends is a free 90-minute or four-hour seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support. For more information, visit https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/NAMI-Programs/NAMI-Family-Friends
Heartline Oklahoma – https://heartlineoklahoma.org/
Health Education for Life Program (HELP) provides Oklahomans between 10 and 24 with life-saving suicide prevention skills. HELP is taught in a classroom setting that we all have a role to play in suicide prevention. HeartLine believes that a simple talk can prevent suicide. If we can teach children that it’s okay to talk about suicide, to ask for help, and to ask our friends if they need help, then we can keep more of our children healthy and safe, reduce the rate of suicide in Oklahoma, and continue to build a healthier community. For more information, visit https://heartlineoklahoma.org/what-we-do/suicide-prevention-outreach-and-education/help
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – Virtually anyone age 16 or older – regardless of prior experience or training – can become an ASIST-trained caregiver and provide assistance to those who are suicide risks. Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide-intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. For more information, visit https://heartlineoklahoma.org/what-we-do/suicide-prevention-outreach-and-education/asist
Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) – https://cams-care.com/
CAMS Framework is first and foremost a clinical philosophy of care. It is a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment of a patient’s suicidal risk. It is a flexible approach that can be used across theoretical orientations and disciplines for a wide range of suicidal patients across treatment settings and different treatment modalities. For more information, visit https://cams-care.com/about-cams/
Susan Gay, M.A. Ed., MCHES®, Program Manager
Phone: (405) 652-9202
Fax: (405) 652-9205
Idalmi Deleon, B.A., Program Assistant
Phone: (405) 992-0580
Fax: (405) 652-9205
The Circles of Care Grant: The official grant title is Planning and Developing Infrastructure to Promote the Mental Health of Children, Youth, and Families in American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) Communities. It is also known as Circles of Care.
The Circles of Care grant focuses on providing tribal and urban Indian communities with tools and resources to plan and design a holistic, evidence and community-based, coordinated system of care to support mental health for children, youth, and families. It is intended to increase the capacity and effectiveness of mental health systems serving AI/AN communities. The program also seeks to reduce the gap between the need for mental health services and the availability of such services for the target population. The program has a strong emphasis on cross-system collaboration, inclusion of family, youth and community resources, and cultural approaches.
The grant was awarded to SPTHB in 2020 through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Center for Mental Health Services.