Suicides in Ohio: Conversations

In Ohio five people a day die by suicide. We have partnered with Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS), VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and others to create this four-part video series. In these videos we discuss suicides, how to prevent these tragedies, the effects COVID-19 has had on Ohioans, and ways to get help if you are struggling. This series features well-known leaders and experts in healthcare, the parents of a young woman who died by suicide, and two Toledo Rockets football players who share their stories of loss and mental health.

Yoga Classes

Join us every month for our FREE Virtual Yoga Classes. Instructed by certified yoga instructor, Charnette Batey, take some time to focus on you and quiet your mind. At the end of each class she will guide you through peaceful meditation.

Yoga for Happy Healthy Hips

October 26, 2020 – Health and Wellness Expert, Charnette Batey, explains why your hips could be feeling tight. Did you know that is where you hold emotion, trauma, and stress? Make your hips happy by learning how to open them followed by a peaceful meditation.

Early Morning Flow

September 19, 2020 – Charnette starts our monthly yoga class with an early morning flow to wake up your body and help set your intentions for the day.

Quarantine Chats

Introducing our new series, Quarantine Chats. In the midst of COVID-19 we at OSPF want you to know that you are not alone. Join us every Friday LIVE on Facebook and Twitter as Executive Director, Tony Coder, and Communications Manager, Keiko Talley, sit down with different guest to provide you with a safe space to discuss thoughts, feelings, and communicate with others while practicing social distancing.

With You Here Campaign

October 2, 2020 – Suicide rates of young African American men have increased by 73%. OSPF teamed up with Canvas to create a resource for the African American community to share their stories and find resources to help with their mental health.

Ride for Hope Fundraiser

September 18, 2020 – A group of young men are looking to raise awareness around suicide prevention by biking nearly 400 miles across the Buckeye State. We chat with them about why they waned to start this fundraiser and how you can follow along.

Corgi’s Run Fundraiser

September 11, 2020 – Tony & Keiko talk about where they were when the twin toweres were hit nearly 20 years ago. Stacy’s daughter Courtney died by suicide in January. Stacy shares her story, memories, and what she thinks can be done to help prevent suicides ahead of the fundraiser in Courtney’s honor this weekend.

Real Fckn Talk, why is it important?

August 28, 2020 – Brenna Guinan is a therapist turned podcast host. On Real Fckn Talk she speaks to mental health advocates and celebrities about their own battles with anxiety, depression, sexual assault, and suicide attempts. She explains why it is important to be breaking the stigma of mental health and have the ability to be open and honest.

What is toxic masculinity?

August 21, 2020 – Jamie Fairfield works as the Violence Prevention Educator for HelpLine in Delaware & Morrow Counties. This week he speaks to Keiko and Jason about the in school programs HelpLine used to teach students about the signs of an abuse, and how toxic relationships can lead to suicide. Jamie also discusses the important roles that parents and teachers can play to combat toxic masculinity.

Why mom’s mental health needs to be a priority

August 14, 2020 – Becca Alexander & Hailee Childs from POEM join Keiko & Michelle to discuss maternal mental health and how to make it a priority. Between COVID-19, working from home, and making decisions about children’s care and schooling moms have a lot on their shoulders. POEM discusses the different programs that are available for moms of all backgrounds. The ladies also discuss helpful conversations to have with a mom. If you are struggling, or need someone to talk to reach out to the POEM hotline (call or text) at 614-315-8989.

FREE Yoga Classes Supporting Mental Health

July 31, 2020 – Broadway actress and certified yoga instructor Charnette Batey explains how yoga can be used to help heal your physical, mental, and emotional self. Along with teaching us a few simple moves, Charnette explains the importance of mental health and mental health resources in the black community. Follow her on Instagram @CharnetteB to join a live class where donations made will be provided to The Loveland Foundation, an organization that offers therapy and other mental health resources to communities of color.

Get to Know Our Newest Staff Member

July 24, 2020 – We introduce our newest staff member, Nithya Ramadurai as our Vista. While getting to know her personally she explains why she chose to get into suicide prevention, and what her position will be doing for our team in the coming year.

HelpLine Interview

July 10, 2020 – Delaware HelpLine Suicide Prevention Program Manager, Sarah Jefferson, talks about calls HelpLine has recieved recently during COVID-19. She also shares the different programs HelpLine has to help people in crisis, want to help someone in crisis, and domestic violence.

Alonzo Interview

June 26, 2020 – America’s Got Talent  contestant Alonzo  speaks about mental health in the black community, #backlivesmatter, and his booming career.

Happy Juneteenth Day!

June 19, 2020 – Suicide rates for young black men are on the rise and NBC10 reporter, Connor Cyrus, explains how racism has played into those numbers. Along with talking about #blacklivesmatter he explains how people can be better allies and what they can do to amplify black voices.

Kaleidoscope Youth Center

June 12, 2020 – Kaleidoscope Youth Center is the largest and longest standing organization in Ohio serving queer youth. Executive Director Erin Upchurch talks about the importance of feeling loved and acceptance is to LGBTQ+ youth. She explains how allies can work to help make changes and assure the youth that they are being heard.

Nina West Interview

June 5, 2020 – Ohio Native, and Ru Paul’s Drag Race Season 11 Miss Congeniality, Nina West, talks about the importance of being an ally and how to find your own voice. Nina also discusses mental health in the LGBTQ community and what drag has taught him.

33 Forever Interview

May 29, 2020 – 33 Forever Educational Programming Chair, Sara Bennett explains how her family’s foundation first started. As a full time teacher Bennett talks about how losing her sister to suicide has helped her be more vulnerable with her students and learn about their mental health.

Gabe Howard Interview

May 22, 2020 – Mental health advocate, Gabe Howard, talks about his journey with Bipolar Disorder and reflects on why he decided to write a book about his mental health.

Tom Farley Interview

May 15, 2020 – Motivational speaker, Tom Farley, talks about what it was like to grow up with his brother & comedian, Chris Farley. Tom also explains how improve can be used as a tool to help develop communication skills, and trust.

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas Interview

May 8, 2020 – Clinical psychologist and mental health advocate, Dr. Sally Spencer Thomas, talks about positive psychology during quarantine and the tools you can use for rebuilding.

Jeffrey Coady Interview

May 1, 2020 –SAMHSA Regional Administrator, Jeffrey Coady, discusses what SAMHSA is doing across the country to help people during this pandemic. He offers some insight about guidance and resources for COVID-19, as well as training and technical assistance.

Hufsa Ahmad Interview

April 24, 2020 – Hufsa Ahmad is a comedian and mental health advocate. Joining us from Orange County, California she talks about breaking meant illness stigmas. Ahmad also tells us what lead to her mental illness diagnosis, and helpful responses others can use when talking to someone with a mental illness.

Edwina Hayes Interview

April 10, 2020 – Edwina Hayes is a singer and song writer who’s cover of Randy Newman’s song “Feels Like Home” was featured in the film My Sister’s Keeper. Tuning in from UK, she explains how quarantine is going overseas and what she has been doing to keep busy as well as uplift others spirits. Edwina also preforms three songs.

Franklin County LOSS

April 3, 2020 – Sarah Price and Denise Meine-Graham from Franklin County LOSS talk about grief and isolation. Together they share tips on what has helped them during their grief journey as well as what LOSS is doing for others during this time.


A key to combating suicides in Ohio is by raising awareness. These videos share personal stories, and explain the importance of suicide prevention.

Taking away it’s power

Why we need to talk about suicide

Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, and NAMI staff members discuss the importance of talking about suicide.

Sandy Williams

Suicide Loss Survivor

OSPF Board President, Sandy Williams, talks about the loss of her dad, Jerry Williams, and how this loss impacted her life. Now, Sandy is a strong advocate for suicide prevention through her role as Board President of the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation and her work within her own nonprofit: Jerry’s Walk.

Erick McKee

NAMI Hancock County Executive Director

NAMI Hancock County Executive Director, Eric McKee, shares his ongoing battle with treatment-resistant depression and chronic suicidality and how he manages to overcome these barriers. Eric’s inspiring story affirms that you don’t have to succumb to your mental illness; there is hope!

Lizzy Zinn

Suicide Loss Survivor

Lizzy Zinn talks about the loss of her older brother, Cameron. Lizzy discusses how openly talking about mental illness and suicide is critical to reducing stigma – which can ultimately save lives.