State Sen. Julia Kirt, D-Oklahoma City, and Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, held a joint interim study Tuesday analyzing pediatric suicide rates in the state, to discover policy changes or prevention services that could decrease suicide in Oklahoma’s youngest citizens.read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY – For the past decade, suicide rates for Oklahoma youth have been above the national average. According to a report issued by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the state ranked 10th highest in the nation for youth suicide rates from 2012 to 2016. On the average, two Oklahomans ages 10-24 die by suicide every week. Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd hopes events like September’s National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month can help shine a spotlight on suicide and reduce the stigma that may prevent Oklahomans from seeking the help they need.read more.