Sep 13, 2022
Event Time: (9:30-4:00)
Hilton Columbus at Easton
3900 Chagrin Drive
Columbus, OH 43219
Ohio has approximately 790,000 veterans, which constitutes the sixth-largest population of veterans in the United States. Veterans are at special risk for suicide. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), 257 Ohio veterans died by suicide in 2019.
It’s a fact: Suicide among military personnel is at a crisis level. Though we’ve come a long way in learning how to recognize the signs and what to do to help, we need to do more even faster. This means stepping up the effort to integrate suicide prevention practices within military culture, coordinating the effort the connect those in need to life-saving resources, and promoting greater awareness of mental health and suicide.
Our conference will focus on bringing organizations together to discuss how Suicide Prevention Coalitions function and how they relate to Strategy 4 of the Suicide Prevention Plan for Ohio (2020-2022), Lethal Means Safety & Community Based Interventions for Suicide, Life Side Ohio, and the importance of the Ohio Cares website.
Download the National Veteran Suicide Prevention and Lethal Means Safety OSPF: One-Pagers
Keynote Speaker – Sebastian Junger:
Sebastian Junger is the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of WAR, The Perfect Storm, A Death in Belmont and Fire. He is also the acclaimed director of the documentary films Restrepo and Korengal. As a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and as a contributor to ABC News, he has covered major international news stories and has been awarded the National Magazine Award and a SAIS Novartis Prize for Journalism.
Arrangements for the appearance of Sebastian Junger made through UTA Speakers, New York, NY
This FREE educational opportunity is brought to you by generous contributions from the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, and Gilbane Building Company.
Contact Jason Hughes, OSPF Program Manager | Veteran Liaison, with any questions.
Where There’s Help, There’s Hope