Suicide Prevention


Funding Agency: Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, SAMHSA

Ohio’s Campaign for Hope Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative is a three-year youth suicide prevention campaign funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The campaign focuses on youth age 15-24 across the state of Ohio and aims to expand suicide prevention awareness and education. The targets of the campaign include: educators, youth, mental health providers, and other care givers working with high-risk youth populations, including youth in foster care, youth in the juvenile justice system, and military families. The campaign mobilizes the Ohio Suicide Prevention Network of 75 suicide prevention coalitions to promote and implement programming in the 26 highest-risk Ohio counties, counties with suicide rates above the national average.

Read More about the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF)

The OSPF, launched in 2005, is a catalyst bringing about change in attitudes and perceptions regarding the stigma attached to suicide, mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse, and addiction.

The mission of the OSPF is to promote suicide prevention as a public health issue and advance evidence-based awareness, interventions, and methodology strategies which will support all Ohio-based suicide prevention efforts. It also seeks to provide for organizations suicide prevention information and resources, ultimately raising awareness, eliminating stigma, and increasing help-seeking behavior for all Ohioans.

In Ohio, 1,200 people die by suicide each year, an average of three persons a day. For every homicide in Ohio, there are two suicides. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people 15-24. Suicide is the eleventh ranking cause of death for all ages. Males account for 79% of Ohio’s suicides; females account for 21%; and 13% of suicides are persons 65 years or older. As reported by the 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), 27% of Ohio’s teens report feeling depressed, 18% report seriously considering suicide, and 9% of Ohio’s teens report attempting suicide during the past year.

Principal Investigator: Jane Timmons-Mitchell, PhD

Additional Resources Relating to the Ohio Suicide Prevention Project

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. We provide technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. We also promote collaboration among a variety of organizations that play a role in developing the field of suicide prevention.

Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides this free tool kit developed to assist high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. Includes tools to implement a multi-faceted suicide prevention program that responds to the needs and cultures of students.