Suicide prevention resources available

On Wednesday morning, a 13-year-old boy brought a gun to his Stillwater school and turned it on himself in front of his classmates. 

Cade Poulos ' death is a reminder that sometimes people are in crisis, no matter their age, and they need help.

That help exists with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline .

The American Public Health Association cites suicide as the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States. 

Available 24 hours a day, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is free and confidential.

Callers are connected with highly-trained specialists in their area who provide compassionate listening, crisis intervention and information and referral for mental health services.

"The lifeline is available for anyone who has been impacted by suicide," said Rachel Yates, director of suicide prevention and outreach programs.  "This includes those struggling with thoughts of suicide, those who have lost loved ones and anyone impacted by today's tragedy.  Help and hope are only a phone call away."

To reach a specialist with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call (800) 273-TALK or (800) SUICIDE.  Family members can also call the Parents Careline at (405) 848-CARE.

For information on local prevention programs, visit HeartLine Oklahoma at http://heartlineoklahoma.org/.

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