The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) uses the public health model to prevent suicide across the state.
The mission of OSPF is to act as a catalyst and steward of statewide suicide prevention efforts by supporting community-based efforts to reduce stigma, promote education and awareness about suicide prevention, and increase resources and programs to reduce the risk of lives lost to suicide.
All Ohio communities will have the resources and capacity to reduce the risk of suicide, reduce the effects of suicide on families and communities, and positively impact the health of communities.
Suicide in Ohio
From 1999-2016, Ohio’s suicide rate increased by 36%. Ohio’s suicide rate (13.5 deaths per 100,000 individuals) remains relative to the U.S. rate of 13.3 deaths per 100,000 individuals. In Ohio, roughly 1600 Ohioans die by suicide each year, an average of about 4 individuals per day. While homicide makes up roughly 25% of our state’s violent deaths; suicide makes up 65%. Nationally, suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth and young adults 15-24 and the tenth leading cause of death for all ages. Males account for 78% of Ohio’s suicides and Ohio’s highest suicide rate occurs in older adult men 75 years or older (41.7 deaths per 100,000 individuals). Despite this, women remain more likely to attempt suicide. These statistics demonstrate a great need to reduce suicide across all Ohio demographics.
The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) launched in 2005 as a catalyst to bring about changes in attitudes and perceptions regarding the stigma attached to suicide, mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse, and addiction. The Foundation’s mission is to act as a catalyst and steward of statewide suicide prevention efforts by supporting community-based efforts to reduce stigma, promote education and awareness on suicide prevention, and increase resources and programs to reduce the risk of lives lost to suicide.
OSPF works to build relationships with key community members, groups, and organizations dedicated to the wellbeing of Ohioans. OSPF promotes the message that suicide is a public health issue that is preventable. OSPF seeks to involve community members, organizations, businesses, education systems, policy makers, and others in building awareness of mental health, increasing knowledge on evidence-based suicide prevention practices, and improving the capacity of our state to ultimately prevent suicides. OSPF believes a unified effort is needed to reduce Ohio’s rising suicide rate and provides guidance and leadership for suicide prevention activities across Ohio.
One of OSPF’s core goals is to promote grassroots suicide prevention and postvention (supportive actions following a suicide) efforts through Ohio Suicide Prevention Coalitions and Local Outreach of Suicide Survivor (LOSS) Teams. Ohio’s suicide prevention coalitions provide strategic planning, messaging, programs, and community-driven suicide prevention efforts. Ohio’s LOSS Teams provide outreach, support activities, and crisis response services to those who lose a loved one to suicide.
OSPF collaborates with Suicide Prevention Coalitions, LOSS Teams, and organizations across the state to increase evidence-based suicide prevention programming and to reduce Ohio’s suicides.
Please join the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation in helping to prevent suicide, restore hope and connect for life.