Veterans and Active Duty
Nationally and in Ohio, Military Members & Veterans are at an increased risk of suicide as compared to their peers. For more information regarding mental health of Veterans and active duty members please contact our Veteran’s Liaison, Jason Hughes.
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
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.