Oklahoma Suicide Rate Statistics


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An important goal of the federal government’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (Goal 7), as well as Oklahoma’s Suicide Prevention Council, is to ensure community and clinical health care providers are trained in evidence-based suicide-specific assessments, management and delivery of effective clinical care.

Oklahoma’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) has been a trailblazer among states by providing “quality care by highly trained mental health professionals implementing evidence-based screening, intervention, and treatment models” by providing CAMS training across the state for several years.

Suicide Rates in Oklahoma

Oklahoma is ranked 7th in the nation for its high suicide rate. Throughout the state of Oklahoma, suicide is the:

  • 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24
  • 2nd leading cause of death for ages 25-34
  • 3rd leading cause of death for ages 35-44
  • 7th leading cause of death for ages 45-54
  • 9th leading cause of death for ages 55-64
  • 17th leading cause of death for ages 65+

Overall, suicide is the 7th leading cause of death in Oklahoma.

More than 5 times as many people died by suicide in 2019 than in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents.

71.64% of communities did not have enough mental health providers to serve residents in 2021, according to federal guidelines.


SourcesAmerican Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) & Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)



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The CAMS Framework has been proven through multiple randomized clinical trials to be the best assessment, intervention and treatment to reduce suicide ideation. Mental health professionals have reported that the CAMS Framework has given them a way to confidently treat suicidal patients effectively in only 6-8 sessions. And, more importantly, patients have reported that they like using the CAMS Framework. It is recommended by such groups as the Zero Suicide Initiative (an ODMHSAS initiative), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Sentinel Event Alert (PDF) by the Joint Commission.

While it is important that communities learn how to identify the signs of suicide risk, it is crucial to have a network of healthcare providers in place and trained in evidence-base suicide-specific treatment to whom people identified as suicidal may be immediately referred.

Many of the most at-risk counties in Oklahoma are rural. Farmers and ranchers are at increased risk of suicide due to a variety of factors, including lack of access to mental health care. One strategy to address this is to provide mental health care to rural communities through telehealth. CAMS has been successfully administered using telepsychology in a variety of settings, including rural and frontier regions of the intermountain West of the United States, and the U.S. Army’s Warrior Resiliency Program in San Antonio, Texas for suicidal soldiers in geographically remote locations. CAMS is a highly interactive and collaborative structure that engages the patient in their own treatment and has been shown to be effective across a variety of settings.

CAMS-care offers several training options to meet various learning styles and budgets, as well as the challenges of remote rural communities. The CAMS treatment is available via online training, in-person role-play training, consultation calls, ZOOM training, and more.

Learn more about how CAMS addresses mental health. Find a CAMS Trained clinician in Oklahoma.


Below are the current requirements from this state for CE credits.

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Oklahoma Social Workers Are Required to Take Up to 16 Credit CE Hours Every Year

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Counselors Need 20 CE Credit Hours Every Year in Oklahoma

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Psychologists in Oklahoma Need 20 CE Credit Hours Every Year

Model Bill to Effectively Reduce the Suicide Rate in Oklahoma

While training communities to identify the signs of suicide risk is important, it is not enough to effectively reduce the suicide rate. Legislation must be passed that requires all mental health professionals and primary care physicians to receive training in evidence-based, assessment, management, intervention, and treatment of suicide risk. Because, everyone deserves a life worth living.


CAMS-care offers training courses and materials for individuals and organizations. Our products allow professionals to earn CE credits to meet your state’s CE requirements:


The CAMS proven framework is introduced in Dr. Jobes book, “Managing Suicidal Risk: A Collaborative Approach“. The current edition includes evidence data from decades worth of extensive research and has a greater emphasis on how to implement CAMS in clinical settings. You may earn 6 CE credits after reading the book and passing the CE test.


CAMS-care offers engaging video training opportunities that gives professionals to earn 1 – 3 CE credits. We’ve offer training in addressing malpractice and ethical liability when working with suicidal patients, tips suggestions for working with difficult patients, and treating suicide risk with children and adolescents.


We also provide online and on-site Role-Play Training, Consultation Calls, and host Education Days for more hands-on approaches to the CAMS framework.