The nation’s leaders in healthcare have determined that suicide is a major public health issue. Each year, thousands of individuals die by suicide, and no age, gender, race or ethnicity is immune. For each suicide that occurs, we know that there are several attempts. In addition, many individuals know a close friend or family member who died due to suicide.
There are several documented factors associated with suicide. Knowing these factors can aid in preventing suicide and providing individuals with the assistance they need. Proven effective resources exist to help prevent suicide, treat those who feel suicidal, and provide recovery support services to those affected. There are services and supports that can assist individuals, families, and communities to address suicide.
Everyone has a role in suicide prevention. This includes the family, school, and community. Together, we can all help to prevent suicide in Ohio.