SafeTeam® is an early warning school-based communication system that helps students cope with hardship, reach out to others in need, and look out for one another.
Established in 1999, SafeTeam is comprised of students, parents, teachers, friends, administrators, counselors, security staff, and community members working together to foster trust, communication and safety.
SafeTeam students are trained on issues affecting their peers and given tips on how to handle such situations. Participating students educate their peers on mental health through awareness campaigns, fundraisers, speakers, fun events and activities.
The Union Safeteam was launched in February 2013 as part of a curriculum-based program developed through Tulsa Mental Health Association. This program is now in many of the area schools incuding Jenks, Tulsa, Bixby, Collinsville, and several private schools.
This program was designed to bring together students to be the eyes and ears of the school and teach them how to reach out for help and prevent a major crisis from happening.
Since recent school violence issues across the nation, parents and the community have been asking “ What is Union doing to protect their kids?” SafeTeam is making a huge difference in Union. Student "are in the know;" SafeTeam gives them the courage and support to reach out for help.
Suicide Prevention - 918-744-4800
Family & Children's Services is a member of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, making it part of a network of more than 140 crisis centers across the country providing counseling and mental health referrals 24 hours a day.
The agency's COPES handles all calls made in the Tulsa area.
"It's so important to be able to assist these callers on a local level with the emotional support and care they need," said Stacie Barnett, director of COPES, which stands for Community Outreach Psychiatric Emergency Services. "We have firsthand knowledge of our resources and the ability to mobilize when needed to assist individuals in crisis.
"It adds extra value to have people familiar with local resources and providers and the local stressors and barriers that people face. We'll be able to better get people to the access and care they need."
According to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in Oklahoma, and 15 percent of youth surveyed in Oklahoma report that they have seriously considered suicide.
The national hotline can be reached at (800) 273-8255. To call the COPES line directly, call 744-4800.