Interim Study on Youth Suicide Meets September 14

Mark your calendars for one of the most important interim studies this year, “A review of youth suicide in Oklahoma and current preventative efforts”, requested by Senator Kay Floyd and Senator Julia Kirt. Both are members of Oklahoma’s first mental health caucus, which is staffed by Healthy Minds Policy Initiative.

 

A review of youth suicide in Oklahoma and current preventative efforts

Mark your calendars for one of the most important interim studies this year, “A review of youth suicide in Oklahoma and current preventative efforts”, requested by Senator Kay Floyd and Senator Julia Kirt. Both are members of Oklahoma’s first mental health caucus, which is staffed by Healthy Minds Policy Initiative.

The meeting will take place at 1:10 p.m., Tuesday, September 14, Oklahoma State Capitol, Room 535. You can attend in person or virtually. Click one of the following links at the appointed time to watch the live proceeding online:

The interim study is referenced in a recent article by Whitney Bryen in Oklahoma Watch, Suicide in Oklahoma: The Latest Data and Search For Solutions. Bryen has covered several articles on mental health and was a guest on a recent episode of OETA’s Oklahoma News Report, which focused on suicide in the state. The roundtable discussion also featured Floyd and Julie Geddes from the Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Two other interim studies on suicide are forthcoming this year. They are:

  • Mental health and substance abuse best practices to reduce suicide and incarceration levels
  • Addressing the escalation in adolescent suicide since covid-19

Also, on September 14, at 9:30 a.m., another interim study will take place, “How to solve the problem of over prescribing in the medical community.” The study was requested by Senator Kevin Matthews.

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