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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OSPF Director of Community Engagement
OSPF Director of Community Engagement, Michelle Price, shares her story about living with ongoing suicidal ideation (thoughts). She shares her struggles, but more importantly, she shares how she finds hope and keeps herself safe during crisis.
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!
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.