If you suspect that a loved one is in need of help, there are some things that you should know:
Know the Resources Available
If you or a loved one needs help, please call or text* the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 614-221-5445.
*Text Line available Monday – Friday noon to 10 pm
Other helpful information and phone numbers are listed below:
Suicide Prevention Hotline – North Central Mental Health Services
North Central Mental Health Services also provides a Survivors Of Suicide Support Group held the last Sunday of each month 7pm – 8:30pm
1301 N. High St
Columbus, OH 43201
614-299-6600 ex. 2026
Older Adult Hotline
Teen Suicide Hotline:
The Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition
614-299-6600 ext. 2073
Veterans Crisis Line
Know the Warning Signs
Listed below, in no particular order, are a few examples of suicide warning signs. Please note, all of the warning signs do not have to be present at once. However, if you notice a combination of any or all of these signs, take note as the person may be at risk.
- Previous suicide attempts
- Experiencing problems with an intimate partner
- Having experienced a friend’s or relative’s suicide
- Looking for a way/means to kill himself or herself
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Talking about feeling hopeless, having no purpose and/or wanting to die
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Acting anxious/agitated
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Decreased concern about personal hygiene
- Displaying extreme mood swings
- Withdrawing from others or feeling isolated
- Changing diet, including a lack of appetite
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
Know How to Help
It is important to provide support for a person experiencing signs of suicide until professional help is available. Listed below are a few tips on how to help.
- Make sure the person is not left alone unless they pose a threat to the safety of others
- Listen carefully to what the person has to say
- Do not be judgmental, argue with the person, or agree to keep their feelings a secret
- Call the the local Suicide Prevention Hotline at 614-221-5445 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for help
- In cases of emergency, call 911 for assistance
- Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
Source: Mental Health First Aid USA and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Know the Facts: Suicide in Franklin County
For every 100,000 persons in Franklin County, 11.7 will complete suicide. This is higher than the national average of 11.5 completed suicides per every 100,000 persons.
In Ohio, males age 85+ have the highest suicide rate at 41.9 per 100,000. In comparison, the suicide rate among women was highest among those aged 45-54 at 9.4 per 100,000.
Suicide rates for white, non-Hispanic males in Ohio were four times higher than that of white, non-Hispanic females and two times higher than rates for black, non-Hispanic males.
30% of Ohio suicide victims had evidence of an intimate partner problem at the time of death.
Nearly half of all Ohio suicide victims were diagnosed with a mental health issue.