OhioMHAS has developed a number of specific strategies and approaches directed toward reducing the suicide rate in Ohio. Suicide is a major public health issue across the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released in June 2018 indicates that the national rate of suicide is increasing. Based on the 2017 data, Ohio lost 1,740 individuals to suicide in 2017. To actively effect change and save lives, the department, with numerous statewide organizations and county alcohol, drug addiction and mental health boards, has focused efforts to reach individuals at risk and ultimately prevent death by suicide.
Our priorities include:
Medical Director Memos:
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.
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.