World Suicide Prevention Day

SEPTEMBER 10 - 2017

World Suicide Prevention Day

In 2016, 4 people in Ashland County died by suicide.  Every life lost to suicide, on average, severely impacts six other people who are themselves at high risk for suicide.  The Mental Health & Recovery Board along with members of the Ashland County Suicide Prevention Coalition are joining others in recognizing 'National Suicide Prevention Month' in September along with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th.  Wear purple on the 10th and join us for an Awareness Walk, October 22nd 2017 at Freer Field (2:00 pm).  To register for this event please click here.


Even though Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US it is the most preventable.  The Mental Health & Recovery Board has adopted the Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR) approach to suicide prevention based on the research of Dr. Paul Quinnett, PhD.

The Board, along with its partners, have trained hundreds of Ashland residents in this model since 2004.  Q = Question the Person about Suicide.  Do they have thoughts? Plan? Don't be afraid to ask, it doesn't GIVE anyone the thought or increase their risk.  P = Persuade the Person to Get Help.  Listen carefully.  Then say, "Let me help." Or, "Come with me to find help."  R = Refer for Help.  If a child or an adolescent, contact any adult, any parents; or call your minister, rabbi, coach or counselor; or call the 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 419-289-6111.

Learn more about QPR. Question. Persuade. Refer.

Learn more about Suicide Warning Signs & Risk Factors from the American Association of Suicidology

Download the Suicide Awareness Flyer Ask a Question. Save a Life.

Join the Ashland County Suicide Prevention Coalition, a partnership of more than 20 local organizations and community members, who meet twice per year to save lives.  Send an email to Hillary Wertman at to join or call at 419.281.3139.


If you or someone you know are in crisis, please immediately contact:

Crisis Hotline anytime at 419.289.6111

Crisis Text Line Text "4hope" to 741 741 anytime

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline anytime at 1.800.273.TALK (8255)

Military & Veterans Crisis Line anytime at 1.800.273.8255 press "1"

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