Coping with one extreme trauma is difficult enough. Dealing with a lifetime of physical, verbal, and sexual abuse can understandably assault a person’s mental well being. Summerlee Godbolt is here to share her journey, while advocating for the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation.

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A first-of-its-kind statewide campaign is partnering with a unique sector to end suicide: gun owners in Ohio.

About 10 gun shops across the state have partnered with the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) to launch Life Side Ohio – a “groundbreaking” awareness campaign aimed at putting politics aside to curtail suicides by firearm, according to OSPF Executive Director Tony Coder.



Ohio’s new 988 number for those experiencing mental health or addiction crises is up and running.

Launched on Saturday, Ohioans dealing with a mental health or substance abuse emergency can now dial or text 988 to get connected with a licensed counselor — a move aimed at expanding access to care while eliminating the hassle of punching in, and remembering, the 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number.

“This is just going to be eventually as ubiquitous as 911,” said Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson, bureau chief of the Office of Prevention at the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (ODMHAS).

The statewide transition to 988 comes about a month after the Ohio House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to align the Buckeye State with a federal mandate requiring phone service providers to direct 988 calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by July 16.



Ohio mental health specialists are reminding everyone 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 you’re there for support.

Executive Director Tony Coder said their goal is simple — save lives.




9-8-8 will soon become Ohio’s go-to number for mental health crises, all while attempting to divert care from cops to counselors. Beginning July 16, Ohioans dealing with a mental health or substance abuse emergency can dial or text 988 to get connected with a counselor – a move aimed at expanding care while eliminating the hassle of punching in, and remembering, the 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number.



June is Pride Month and the local LGBTQ+ community is shining a light on a serious issue many people face: suicide.

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation is hosting a webinar.

Leaders there said suicide stems mainly from minority stress such as discrimination, harassment, and rejection because of one’s identity.

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The Cincinnati Bengals and Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) are partnering to promote a new campaign focused on mental health and suicide prevention called “Kicking the Stigma.”

This campaign will focus on the important role that individuals play in helping people who struggle with mental health crises. OSPF will make $500 for every field goal made by the Bengals to 1in5, a Cincinnati-based suicide prevention group.



Candid discussions on difficult topics are often the ones many people try to avoid.

But when it comes to suicide, too many lives are being lost and avoiding the subject should no longer be an option.

World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th; it’s intended to raise awareness and reduce the stigma around suicide.

We talked with the experts at the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation for more.