Veterans and Active Duty
Percentage of veterans who make up our national suicide deaths, but veterans only make up 8.5% of our population
Percentage of Ohioians who died by suicide in 2015 who were veterans
Greater risk for suicide in our nation's veterans as compared to the general adult population
of military suicides are enlisted males under 30*
Service Members died by suicide*
Despite these statistics, we know that suicide can be prevented and individuals in crisis can be supported and connected with effective mental health services. OSPF seeks to equip and empower military members, veterans, their families, and those serving them with the knowledge to identify the warning signs of suicide, confidence to ask about thoughts of suicide, and ability to refer to mental health providers with competence in military culture. OSPF also works with Ohio’s National Guard (ONG) and military-serving organizations across Ohio to promote greater understanding and awareness of mental health and suicide prevention.