If you or a loved one needs help, please call or text* the Suicide Prevention Hotline:
*Text Line available Monday – Friday noon to 10 pm
If you suspect that a loved one is contemplating suicide, there are some things that you should know:
Helpful Links and Numbers
ADAMH Support Groups • Suicide Prevention Hotline – North Central Mental Health Services • Franklin County LOSS Team – Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors • Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition
Older Adult Hotline
Teen Suicide Hotline:
The Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition
614-299-6600 ext. 2073
Veterans Crisis Line
An average of 8 percent of American teens attempt suicide each year, according to the CDC.
Be proactive with your teen using these tips:
- Talk to your teen often about their feelings, values, and ideas.
- Practice active listening by validating your child’s feelings and asking clarifying questions to better understand the situation. The expression of suicidal thoughts should always be taken seriously.
- Keep all conversations open and honest. Create a safe space with your kids so they feel comfortable coming to you if they start to have concerning thoughts.
- Regularly tell your teen what you love about her/his personality.
- Show interest in your child’s everyday life, talking about their highs and lows.
- Encourage your teen to be active. Exercise releases endorphins, hormones that are linked to improving one’s mood and easing pain.
- Make sure your teen knows about helplines that they can call or text for immediate anonymous support.
- Consult a mental health professional. Learn more about Youth Mental Health providers in our System of Care.
- Listen for red flag phrases, such as:
- “Nothing really matters.”
- “Sometimes I wish I could just go to sleep and not wake up.”
- “No one really cares about me, anyway.”
- “People would be better off without me.”
- “I wonder who would come to my funeral if I died.”
- Let your teen know he/she is not alone. Make sure they know you will be right there with them no matter what and will help them through counseling or treatment if they need it.
If you suspect your child might be having suicidal thoughts, it is extremely important to keep firearms, alcohol, and medications securely locked away.
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.
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 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.
The Facts: Suicide in Franklin County
In January of 2020 alone, Franklin County lost 20 individuals to suicide.
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.