If this is an emergency, call 911

If you need to talk or chat with someone, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
or text "4HOPE" to 741 741

Suicide Prevention Resources

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:

  • Increasing and expanding prevention efforts targeting all Ohioans, in particular those who are most at risk;
  • Ensuring that clinicians working within the behavioral health and healthcare systems have adequate opportunities for training, skill development and resources to assist patients, clients and family members; and
  • Developing timely identification of hot spots or cases where data indicate a need for increased interventions and effectively communicate this information.

  Video: Suicide Prevention for Ohioans

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.



Data and Reports


After a Suicide

National Resources

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education. It also reaches out to people with mood disorders and those impacted by suicide.
  • American Association of Suicidology promotes research, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers.
  • The Campaign to Change Direction encourages all Americans to pay attention to their own emotional well-being and to learn the signs that may mean someone is in emotional pain and might need help.
  • The Jason Foundation, Inc. provides educational curriculums and training programs, and builds awareness of youth suicide. Student curriculums are presented in the third-person perspective (i.e. how to help a friend).
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • Man Therapy is a tool designed to help men with their mental health. It includes an assessment tool (the head inspection) and a bit of humor (Dr. RIch Mahogany) to engage men.
  • Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide
    Media and online coverage of suicide should be informed by using best practices. ReportingonSuicide.org includes recommendations, research, and links to experts and training.
  • Signs of Suicide (S.O.S.) Program Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMI) has several school- and community-based programs that include screening, stigma-reduction, education and intervention.
  • Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) was a co-founding member of the National Council for Suicide Prevention. It grew from an all-volunteer grassroots group of passionate survivors to a national not-for-profit organization.
  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center is home to hundreds of library resources on suicide prevention.
  • Yellow Ribbon Program for the Prevention of Teen Suicide is a community-based program that uses a universal public health approach. It empowers and educates professionals, adults and youth.

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