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Release Date: September 10, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

In recognition of Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 9-15, Chickasaw Nation Prevention Services is offering opportunities for the public to learn more about suicide prevention and the necessary steps to help those struggling.

A SafeTALK class and a screening of a film will take place in September.

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

In addition to the SafeTALK class, prevention services offers an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). ASIST supplies those in helping roles with professional development to ensure they are prepared to provide suicide first aid help. ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention skills workshop.


The Chickasaw Nation Prevention Services is offering a SafeTALK class 1-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Purcell Area Office, 1430 Hardcastle Blvd., Purcell, Oklahoma.

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.

The class will prepare participants to identify individuals struggling with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.

Many people with thoughts of suicide directly or indirectly invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support those in need.

“Suicide: The Ripple Effect”

The Chickasaw Nation and East Central University will host a screening of “Suicide: The Ripple Effect,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the McSwain Theatre, 130 W. Main St., Ada, Oklahoma.

“Suicide: The Ripple Effect” is a feature length documentary film focusing on the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration and hope that are helping millions heal and stay alive.

The film highlights the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19, attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Today, Kevin is a world-renowned mental health advocate, motivational speaker and author who travels the globe spreading his message of hope, recovery and wellness.

The screening is open to the public at no charge.

For more information or to register for the SafeTALK class, contact prevention services at (580) 272-1180 or

Last Updated: 09/16/2016