Suicide deaths are devastating for our communities, families, and friends that are touched by them. Oklahoma ranks 46th in the nation in spending on mental health care. Disinvestment has created a care system that cannot meet the needs of Oklahomans with mental illnesses and addictions.
Nationally, the rate of deaths by suicide has steadily increased since 2007. The same is true for the state of Oklahoma except for a slight decrease in 2017. Although Tulsa County does not follow a clear trend, its suicide rate for three of the past four years was above the overall average (23.8 deaths per year from 2007 to 2017).
10 Year Plan Connection: Goal #2 “Lower the rates of suicide attempts and overdoses and deaths from both causes.”