Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My loved one has a mental illness, does that mean they are suicidal?

A: Suicide is not an inevitable outcome of mental illness.  However, suicidal thoughts and ideations being expressed by an individual should be taken seriously.  If a person says that they are suicidal, do not panic.  Ask questions and genuinely be interested in their replies.

Q: How can I help out at OSPF?

A: We encourage the public to gain knowledge and understanding about suicide and suicide prevention. If you are looking to help, we ask that you sign up for one of our trainings and reach out to your local coalition about ways you can be an advocate in your community. You can also donate to our foundation to help support our efforts. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us.

Q: How is OSPF funded?

A: OSPF is funded through private and public funding sources, including SAMHSA, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, foundations and for-profit companies.  The organization also receives individual donations from people who want to prevent suicide in their own community.

Q: Do you provide counseling or therapy to individuals and families?

A: No, but we can direct you to where you could find a therapist or counselor.

Q: What is the OSPF hotline number?

A: OSPF is not a hotline. However, we can provide you with local and national hotline numbers as well as other resources.

Q: What programs do you offer?

A: Suicide prevention and mental health trainings for Ohio-based behavioral health providers, K-12 school staff, current active-duty military members & veterans, and general community members

REACH OUT is 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;

Caring Contacts includes follow-up services for youth discharged from either the Emergency Department or Inpatient Unit for suicide-related visits

Man Therapy is a male mental health awareness campaign designed to get men talking about mental health and suicide;

An interprofessional higher-education suicide prevention course for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Q: What trainings do you offer for behavioral health providers?

A: The Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS): 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 (AMSR): an evidence-based training that boosts their skills in identifying suicide risks and bolsters their confidence in reducing suicidal behaviors.

STAR Behavioral Health Training: Teaches community-based behavioral health providers about military cultural competence in order to effectively support non-VA veterans seeking care.

Q: What trainings do you offer for K-12 staff?

A: OSPF offers a free, hour-long, evidence-based virtual suicide prevention training for K-12 teachers called Kognito, taking K-12 staff step-by-step through the process of talking to a student at-risk for suicide or mental distress.

Q: What trainings do you offer for general community members?

A: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper training: 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.

Working Minds Gatekeeper training:trains organizations to recognize and address early warning signs of suicide in the workplace, including how to respond after a suicide.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Gatekeeper Training: 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.

Q: What trainings do you offer for veterans and service members?

A: We encourage our veterans, service members, and their families to take our course on Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)