Gateway's Prevention Team works at the state and local level to stop or slow the development of substance use and mental health disorders before they begin. We facilitate many prevention initiatives including:
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
How it works: Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from a secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.
At Gateway, we believe that suicide prevention is needed and a benefit to our community, especially moving through the COVID-19 pandemic. We have experienced, first-hand, the affects this has had on those in recovery from addiction and those individuals who struggle with a co-occurring disorder with mental health issues, including suicidal ideations.
We have also seen many students struggle with depression, suicidal thoughts, and other mental health issues, showing that this spans across generations.
We believe that the resources we have available will be useful in helping get our community the help and assistance needed to move forward in a better, healthier way.
Our prevention staff promote and support the efforts of our therapists who are trained to provide group therapy to suicide survivors.
Gateway has recently been awarded funds to begin Survivor of Suicide Attempt (SOSA) groups. These support groups offer a safe, non-judgmental place for people to talk about what led them to attempt suicide and the impact it had on their lives. Participants also learn how to create safety plans to help them cope with suicidal thoughts.
The SOSA groups are facilitated by a therapist and participants meet in groups of six to ten, once a week, for 90-minute sessions over eight consecutive weeks.
More information about our SOSA groups will be coming soon.
The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services implemented the 988 Mental Health Lifeline initiative to give hope and assistance to anyone who is experiencing crisis, suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, and more. The 988 lifeline offers callers a way to contact trained professionals and get the help they need. The mental health professionals on the other end of the line are there to help and offer guidance.