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Suicide Prevention

The rate of suicide in Ohio continues to increase despite statewide and local prevention efforts. This short video explains suicide risk factors and steps to take if someone you know is struggling. Our goal is to provide all Ohioans with this important information so that together we reduce suicide in Ohio.

Also check out the Suicide Prevention Toolkit for behavioral health and medical professionals.

Warning Signs

Take a minute to learn the warning signs of suicide.

  • A major change in mood or behavior - appearing consistently unhappy/depressed, irritable, withdrawn from family or friends
  • Poor grades in school or other bad performance in extra-curricular activities
  • High-risk behaviors, including use of alcohol or other substances
  • Problems with concentration, and changes in energy level, appetite or sleep schedule
  • Saying they feel hopeless or don't want live anymore
  • Hurting themselves (e.g., wrist-cutting, burning self)
  • History of depression or family history of depression

What to Do

If a friend or family member is showing signs of suicide, here are some things you can do.

  • Ask directly about thoughts of suicide - asking about suicide does not increase the risk of suicide but does open up conversation
  • Listen to what they need
  • Keep them safe by keeping lethal means (firearms pils) away from them
  • Call 911 if necessary
  • Help them connect with ongoing support, such as a local crisis line, the National Suicide Prevention Life line (1-800-273-8255) or the Crisis Text Line (text “4hope” to 741 741)
  • Check back the next day to see how they’re doing
  • Encourage them to seek out a counselor for more help
Suicide Prevention for Ohioans

This video was developed by a team representing the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services/Employee Assistance Program, and the Franklin County Local Outreach to Suicide Survivor (LOSS) team.