Programs and Trainings
All of us as family members, friends and neighbors need greater awareness and a better understanding of suicide. As communities, we need information, education and resources. And for those of us who are at a higher risk of suicide, we need programs, services and support to manage the challenges we face and reduce that risk. The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation provides, promotes and supports those invaluable programs – and the residents and communities who need them. We have a calendar of events for when and where we are running these programs.
Question, Persuade, Refer
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Contact: Austin Lucas Trains any community member on the warning signs and risk factors of suicide, how to have a conversation with someone who may be suicidal, how to persuade a suicidal person to not end their life, and how to appropriately refer a suicidal person to behavioral healthcare professionals.
For K-12 Ohio school staff. Currently FREE, use enrollment key “ospfstaff”
Hour-long, evidence-based virtual suicide prevention training for K-12 teachers. Kognito takes K-12 staff step-by-step through the process of talking to a student at-risk for suicide or mental distress.
Mental Health First Aid
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An 8-hour course that teaches community members, veterans, and their families how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training provides the skills needed to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality
For behavioral health providers
An evidence-based training that provides behavioral health providers with essential knowledge in using the CAMS framework to collaborate with patients in the treatment of their suicidal drivers.
Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk
For behavioral health providers
An evidence-based training that boosts their skills in identifying suicide risks and bolsters their confidence in reducing suicidal behaviors.
STAR Behavioral Health
For behavioral health providers and those seeking to learn about veteran culture
Teaches community-based behavioral health providers about military cultural competence in order to effectively support non-VA veterans seeking care.
For employers and teams
Trains employers and staff to recognize and address early warning signs of suicide in the workplace, including how to respond after a suicide.
A male mental health awareness campaign designed to get men talking about mental health and suicide.
Be Present Ohio
For high school students
Contact: Keiko Talley A peer-to-peer program that helps high school students identify when a peer is struggling with anxiety, depression, and/or suicidal thoughts. Students learn how to then have helpful conversations with their peers to get them the help they need. Students also learn healthy coping skills to handle their own struggles.
Reach Out App for Smart Devices
For college students
Contact: Austin Lucas A suicide prevention app for college students that includes information on the warning signs of suicide, steps on how to help a friend or yourself, local community resources, campus resources, and links to national hotlines.
For military members & veterans
FREE download, search “Join Together Strong” & enter OH Zip Code
Uses stories, characters, and avatar-based simulations to practice life-saving conversations with those who have served our country.
For patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital & Cleveland Clinic
Contact: Austin Lucas Follow-Up services for youth discharged from either the Emergency Department or Inpatient Unit for suicide-related visits.
Suicide Prevention Coalition Partnership
For coalition members
Contact: Michelle Price An opportunity for coalitions across Ohio to come together on a regular basis to share ideas, successes, and receive additional training to further their local prevention efforts. The SPCP has two face-to-face meetings a year and meets virtually bi-weekly to stay connected.