Suicide Prevention

 

Suicide is a Major National Public Health Problem

In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 16 minutes, claiming over 32,000 lives each year.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-24 years of age and the second major cause of death college students.

Approximately 1,200 Ohioans die by suicide each year.

Yet, suicide still carries a stigma as something that should not be discussed. Depression has a direct link to suicide.

There is hope. Depression is treatable. Mental health treatment works!

If you are in crisis or know someone in crisis, help is available!

The Clermont Crisis Line is staffed 24 hours with trained mental health professionals. Call 528-SAVE.

Information from the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation:

When Should I Suspect That Someone is Considering Suicide?

Persons who are considering suicide generally display symptoms of depression. These signs may include but not be limited to the following:

  • Sudden radical changes in mood, particularly depression
  • Increasingly self deprecating remarks
  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Giving away of cherished items
  • Making goodbyes
  • Serious withdrawal from activities and significant persons
  • Persistent discussions of death
  • Self destructive or high risk behavior
  • Previous attempts of suicide
  • Identification with someone who has committed suicide
  • Statements of a desire to explore or complete suicide

For more information on the signs of suicide visit their website at ohiospf.org.

Parents:  For additional information and resources regarding suicide and students, click here.

The Clermont Survivors of Suicide Support Group meets weekly on Mondays at 6:00 at The Mental Health and Recovery Board. The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Clermont County is actively involved in providing the community with education in the hopes of preventing more suicides. For more information on the Suicide Prevention Coalition, please contact Lee Ann Watson at (513) 732-5406.