Know the Facts: Suicide in Franklin County
Since 2007, the suicide rate has increased in Franklin County. In fact, for every 100,000 persons, 11.7 will complete suicide in Franklin County. This is higher than the national average of 11.5 completed suicides per every 100,000 persons.
In Franklin County, the 85+ age group has the highest suicide rate and 79.1 percent of suicides are male.
Also, Franklin County ranks 38 out of 88 Ohio counties with 1 being the county with the highest suicide rate.
Source: Ohio Suicide Prevention Website
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
- 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 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 symptoms of suicide until professional help is available. Listed below are a few tips on how to help.
- Do not leave the person alone
- 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
- Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects
- 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 Resources Available
If you or a loved one needs help, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 614-221-5445. Other helpful information and phone numbers are listed below:
Older Adult Hotline
Teen Suicide Hotline:
The Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition
614-299-6600 ext. 2073
Veterans Crisis Line