Don’t Suffer in Silence: Resources to Prevent Suicide

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Mental health experts in Ohio are reminding everyone that you are not alone.

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation says one of the best ways to prevent suicide is to understand the signs and remind your loved ones that you are there to support them.

Executive Director Tony Coder said their goal was simple: to save lives.

“We also have community coalitions that people reach out to, we have a survivor resource guide that we try to send out to any survivor,” Coder said.

Coder added that the first step to helping a loved one is to understand the signs.

“If someone is not present who is normally present, if they are removed, if you see signs that you are really concerned about, help people understand these things and be proactive in reaching out to that person and saying “Hey, I’m here for you,” Coder said.

Then take these signs seriously. Coder said there’s often a stigma around asking for help or going to see a therapist. He said it had to stop and mental health should be treated like any other health issue.

“Really, we should consider it a medical condition the same as if you broke your arm,” he said. “You go to the doctor, you get the care you need, the healing you need, the same should be done with mental health.”

He said the next step is to guide them to help. From July 16, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will be 988, which you can call or text anytime.

You can also call the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Additionally, they have a number of coalitions available statewide that will help connect those in need with a professional therapist or support groups that understand what you are going through.

There is also a Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Coder said OSPF also offers casualty support teams and survivor casualty resources.

“There are loss teams that we work with and these are people who have lost loved ones to suicide that people can reach out to and reach out to who understand what that loss is like better than anyone,” Coder said.

If you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741. From July 16, dial or text 988.