Strengthening & Sustaining Ohio's Suicide Prevention Coalitions Initiative

Overview

Strengthening & Sustaining Ohio’s Suicide Prevention Coalition Initiative

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has partnered with the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) and Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs (OU-GVS) to enhance the work of suicide prevention coalitions across the state to align with the Suicide Prevention Plan for Ohio and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) seven strategies for preventing suicide. Seventeen suicide prevention coalitions covering 23 counties were funded in the spring of 2020 to engage in an eight-month learning community with peers and receive wraparound support services in order to strengthen local suicide prevention efforts and build community capacity to make a greater impact in suicide prevention across Ohio.   Through participation in the learning community, coalitions will be:

  1. Conducting a Community Readiness Assessment to better understand local conditions that guide appropriate suicide prevention strategies
  2. Developing the knowledge and skills needed to increase the infrastructure and sustainability support group/coalition sustainability
  3. Enhancing strategic planning efforts through data-driven decision-making and
  4. Professional development and leadership skill-building opportunities