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To provide suicide prevention organizations information and resources, raise awareness, eliminate stigma, and increase help-seeking behavior for all Ohioans.
To promote suicide prevention as a public health issue and advance evidence-based awareness, intervention and methodology strategies which will support all Ohio-based suicide prevention efforts.
In Ohio 1,200 Ohioans die by suicide each year, an average of 3 persons a day. For every homicide in Ohio, there are 2 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.
The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) launched in 2005, is a catalyst to bring about change in attitudes and perceptions regarding the stigma attached to suicide, mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse and addiction. The Foundation’s mission is to promote suicide prevention as a public health issue and advance evidence-based awareness, intervention and methodology strategies which will support all Ohio-based suicide prevention efforts
In the past year, OSPF has focused on building relationships and partnerships with County Coalitions, the Ohio Departments of Mental Health, Education, Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, the Ohio State University, Columbia University, SAMHSA as well as other community groups and interested Ohioans. Over the past 6 months the Foundation has concentrated on the education and awareness message that suicide is a public health problem, one that is preventable. A statewide awareness campaign is under way brochures have been sent to community organizations, business leaders, State policy makers and other interested parties. It will take a unified effort to help eliminate stigma and increase help seeking behavior for individuals who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, mental illness and substance abuse or addiction.
In 2007 the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation has funded 56 Suicide Prevention Coalitions covering 65 counties across Ohio of which 42 Coalitions were funded in 2007 for a total of $148,603. Ohio’s Youth Risk Assessment project has 16 programs with 91 individual screening sites covering 21 Counties and 10 SAMHSA Garrett Lee Smith Grant Recipients for a total of $205,185.
The OSPF Web Site is being renovated and will feature several benefits for the Ohioans: a research section authored by Dr. Paul Granello, an interactive map of County Coalition efforts, information on the Youth Risk Assessment Project including SOS and TeenScreen programming, county hotline numbers and Web based resources.
The Foundation has completed three 30 second public service announcements that will be used to continue to help educate Ohioans regarding suicide prevention.
In collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education the Foundation a Safety and Violence Prevention Curriculum to be used as a training tool for Ohio School Professionals, teachers, nurses, school counselors etc… The Curriculum covers depression, suicide prevention, alcohol and drug use/abuse, bullying and violence and child abuse.
Chinese Proverb says: the journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. Please join the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation in helping to prevent suicide, restore hope and connect for life.
The data information in this article is taken from: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) website
2005 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey Executive Summary, Ohio Department of Health.