Press Release

Release Date: September 06, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



ADA, Okla. – Stress, pressure and anxiety–all three words elicit unpleasant thoughts. On a daily basis, a number of people will be affected by one of those three feelings. Now more than ever, knowing and understanding mental health is crucial, especially in helping prevent suicide.

September is recognized as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and gives all those affected by suicide the chance to come together to raise awareness and reflect on their personal experiences.

Awareness is vital in preventing suicide and helping others understand the signs someone may be struggling with mental health issues and suicidal thoughts.

The Chickasaw Nation is hosting two important events during September to aid in the effort to raise awareness. Both events are open to the public at no charge.

Suicide Prevention Week

Award-winning speaker, author and documentary filmmaker Kevin Hines will share his personal story 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at East Central University’s Ataloa Theatre, 920 E. Main St. in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 10-16.

In 2000, Hines jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and miraculously survived. Since his suicide attempt, he has devoted his life to be an advocate for those suffering. In 2013, he released his best-selling memoir titled “Cracked Not Broken, Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt.”

Hines will share his survival story and offer insights into how to live with a mental illness.

Chickasaw Nation Prevention Services offers trainings and classes throughout the year to educate and promote the importance of suicide-alert helpers.

Walk for Life

The Chickasaw Nation Suicide Prevention Program will host the Walk for Life 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Juliana Park, 108 W. Main St.

After opening with prayer, the walk will begin at Juliana Park and continue for several blocks before returning to the park. Participants will have an opportunity to share their stories or experiences with suicide.

The suicide prevention program offers training opportunities including ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and safeTALK, throughout the Chickasaw Nation to support those struggling with depression and other mental illnesses.

SafeTALK classes teach participants to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide. SafeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.

For more information about the upcoming events, contact Deanna Carpitche at (580) 421-8734 or deanna.carpitche@chickasaw.net.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016