When the bright lives of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain ended suddenly to suicide within a few days of each other, we are left wondering “Why?” and if their lives could have been saved.
In direct response to these tragic deaths, we are offering three TOO BIG TO IGNORE suicide prevention trainings next week. They are free and open to the public:
Monday, June 11 at 12 p.m. at our Legacy Plaza west tower office, 5310 E. 31st Street, Tulsa, Okla., 74135.
Wednesday, June 13 at 12 p.m. at Walker, 400 N. Walker Avenue, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73102
Friday, June 15 at 12 p.m. in Oklahoma State University’s Student Union – Floor 4, Exhibit Room 1.
Sadly, 123 people die by suicide each day in America. That’s roughly 45,000 people per year. And the fact is that Oklahoma’s suicide rate has increased 37 percent since 1999. That means an Oklahoman dies by suicide every 11 hours. But suicide remains an epidemic that people don’t like to talk or think about.
Dr. Paul Quinnett, who created the globally recognized suicide prevention training technique known as QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer), has said suicide remains “the last taboo” in our society.
“It is the one thing we haven’t yet talked about,” Dr. Quinnett said. “Until we can really talk about it openly and comfortably, the problem isn’t going to get dealt with.”
That’s where we are now. Maybe Kate and Anthony’s deaths are, as sad as they are, an opportunity for our nation to learn more about how we can all prevent suicide by openly talking about it. As QPR teaches us, if you are concerned about a friend, loved one or co-worker, the first step is to ask the question, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”
To schedule a free QPR training for your business, school, faith community or civic organization, you may call us at 918.585.1213 or 405.943.3700.
For adults struggling with these tragic deaths, we have trained mental health professionals ready to answer your call. Call us at 918.585.1213 or 405.943.3700. If you or someone you know exhibits any signs of suicide, seek help as soon as possible by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).