Upcoming Event: Free public lecture to discuss suicide prevention

Savannah Kalman
Savannah Kalman

On March 23, Savannah Kalman of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) will give a free, public lecture on suicide prevention in Oklahoma. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Oklahomans ages 10-35. Oklahoma’s rate of death by suicide for 25-64 year olds is 24.9 per 100,000 residents, almost double the national suicide rate of 12.7 per 100,000. Kalman will speak about what Oklahoma is doing to reduce deaths and attempts of suicide. Participants will leave knowing more about the scope of suicide in Oklahoma and many ways to get involved in preventing suicide as an individual and as part of an organization.

Savannah Kalman is the Prevention Program Manager for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Suicide Prevention work. Her talk is part of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services’ Practice & Policy lecture series. This free lecture will take place Wednesday, March 23 from noon to 1pm at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73105). Click here to register. DHS attendees will receive 20 percent off purchases at the Winnie Mae Cafe. Please arrive early or call in your order at (405) 522-2321 if you plan to purchase lunch. For more information, contact the OKDHS Office of Planning, Research and Statistics at 405-521-3552.

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Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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