Practice & Policy Lecture Series
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd. • Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-3646 • Fax (405) 521-6684 • Internet:

​The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends and best practices. The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Service of Office of Performance Outcomes & Accountability and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Practice and Policy Research Quarterly 

Recorded Lectures

Child Care
Child Welfare
Customer Service
Developmental Disabilities
Domestic Violence
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
Health Care
Marriage and Family
Poverty Solutions


Thursday, July 26th, noon - 1:00 pm.


Robin Hudson LeBlanc, LPC, LADC

Chair, Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Council


Talk Saves LIves:  A Brief Introduction to Suicide Prevention

Oklahoma History Center

800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive

Oklahoma City, OK 73106


Click here to register.


Summary:  Oklahoma has the eighth-highest suicide rate in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, one person dies by suicide every eleven hours in our state. For persons aged 15 to 34, suicide is the second leading cause of death in Oklahoma.


In light of tragic and often preventable statistics, suicide awareness and prevention is the focus of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Practice & Policy Lecture Series on July 26, 2018 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. The lecture, Talk Saves Lives: A Brief Introduction to Suicide Prevention, will be presented by the chair of the Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Council, Robin Hudson LeBlanc and suicide prevention advocate Melissa Reese Casey. Both speakers will discuss the warning signs and risk factors of suicide, prevention, and postvention.

Robin Hudson LeBlanc is the first suicide survivor to chair the Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Council. She co-directs the Tyler Hudson Sonshine Foundation, serves as state coordinator for the Survivor Outreach Program for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), is a member of the AFSP Oklahoma Board of Directors and is co-organizer of the AFSP Lifekeeper Memory Quilt for Oklahoma. She has chaired the AFSP Out of Darkness Walk in Tulsa, National Suicide Survivors Day in Tulsa, and co-facilitates a suicide loss support group in Tulsa. She is a dedicated supporter of youth suicide prevention education and an advocate for postvention for survivors.


Melissa Reese Casey is a suicide survivor and is trained in multiple evidence-based suicide prevention and awareness and is a strong advocate of teaching others about suicide prevention and postvention. She is a volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk in Fort Smith, Tulsa and the River Valley Walk.


Last Updated: June 20, 2018
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Street address: Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Mailing address: P.O. Box 25352, Oklahoma City, OK 73125
(405) 521-3646
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