In September 2003, the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County received a $10,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health for the purpose of establishing a community coalition to develop a suicide prevention plan. The first organizational meeting of the coalition was held in October. More than 50 individuals representing all aspects of the community attended, including county and city government, law enforcement, schools, providers, survivors and health care professionals. The Ashland County Suicide Prevention Plan is the result of four planning meetings of the coalition. The coalition identified target groups and then identified objectives for each group. The coalition also identified activities that would be utilized to reach these objectives
For more information please download the Ashland County Suicide Prevention Plan
Farmers give so much of themselves to this life they love, which directly contributes to the health of the industry, making it number one in Ohio. They face many factors that are out of their control, making it even more stressful. Weather has been a huge factor for stress this year, with planting season being delayed, and now praying that harvest yields will be high, and that prices improve. Farmers often spend long hours working alone which can directly affect their farm family.
Mental health isn’t something many are comfortable talking about. But it is something every single person has to deal with. We live in a high paced, high stress world. In 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that farmers also have the highest rate of death due to stress-related conditions, ranging from heart disease and hypertension to ulcers and nervous disorders.
Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services, and The Ohio State University, alongside several other ag entities, have partnered together to provide resources to the rural community through the “Got Your Back” campaign. The website provides farmers and farm families with where to find help, family support, other resources, and even resources for citizens of the community to recognize and intervene when they see someone struggling – because we all struggle at times. Social media often shows the perfect little families, and not the struggles and triumphs people face. Same goes for farming. We encourage each and every one of you to start talking, end the stigma, and share your struggles with others. You are not alone...and remember, YOU ARE MORE THAN YOUR FARM.
For more information about the "Got Your Back" campaign, look HERE. or #gotyourback
Read or download Crisis in the Farmland brochure HERE
For over eight years the Board has been training Gatekeepers throughout Ashland County in the Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) model of Suicide Prevention. Visit the QPR Institute for additional information
General Statistics on Suicide (NOTE: These change over time)
Breaking the Silence: Suicide Prevention in Law Enforcement Video Facilitation Guide
American Association of Suicidology. Primary source for information about suicide prevention.
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE): This organization was founded by a nationally known suicidologist who lost her own daughter to suicide in 1979. SAVE works to bring awareness to the fact suicide is a public health issue that should not be surrounded by stigma. In 2001, SAVE launched an initiative to use the media and mass marketing to educate the public about suicide prevention, depression, and the link between depression and suicide. SAVE creates customized training programs for professionals including clergy, teachers, and social service professionals, while working to disseminate school-based suicide prevention programs and educational events. Visitors to the website can find support groups, read personal stories, and find information on how to cope with loss and grief. SAVE is also featured as a GoodTherapy.org GoodCause recipient to help raise funds for the organization.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC): The center provides technical assistance, training, and materials to professionals serving people at risk for suicide. The SPRC is the only federally supported resource center in the nation that works to increase the knowledge and professional expertise of suicide prevention practitioners. The SPRC conducts workshops, webinars, and online courses in conjunction with organizational support from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP): One of the leading nonprofit organizations working to prevent suicide and educate the public about suicide, the AFSP funds scientific research, advocates for public policy, and has local chapters across the country that work at the community level to raise awareness of and educate citizens about the warning signs of suicide. AFSP also offers educational programs for professionals and resources for survivors of suicide loss. Visitors to the AFSP site can find suicide facts, personal stories from survivors, the latest in public policy initiatives, and event information.
Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors: Ronnie Walker, LMHC, established Alliance of Hope in 2008 after the loss of her stepson to suicide in 1995. The organization works to provide resources to those who have lost a loved one to suicide and build a sense of community for those who are bound together by similar loss. Alliance of Hope is a non-denominational and non-discriminating group that recognizes the unique differences in cultures and faith traditions around the world in dealing with the aftermath of suicide, and helps those left behind to not only survive, but to lead joyous and meaningful lives. Visitors to the site can find a blog, bookstore, memorials, and a community forum that is supervised and monitored by a mental health counselor and trained team of survivor moderators.
Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO): The DSPO works to facilitate suicide prevention efforts and serves as the Department of Defense oversight authority for the development, communication, and implementation of Department of Defense suicide and risk-reduction programs. The DSPO was established in November 2011 and works across all branches of the military to encourage help-seeking behaviors for behavioral health issues from entry on duty to retirement or separation from the service. Visitors to the DSPO website can access suicide facts and data, resources, news, and the military crisis line. Also featured on the site are service member, provider, and family stories as well as public service announcements.
The Trevor Project: Founded in 1998 by James Lecesne, Peggy Rajski, and Randy Stone, creators of the Academy Award-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project established the first national crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Since then, The Trevor Project has been a well-known innovator in LGBTQ suicide prevention and advocacy, with a large social network and a wealth of resources for youth and adults. The Trevor Project’s confidential phone, instant message, and text messaging crisis intervention services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visitors to the website will also find a blog, events calendar, and many more resources for LGBTQ youth.
Live Through This: A collection of stories and portraits of suicide attempt survivors, this visually compelling project was created by New York-based photographer and writer Dese’Rae L. Stage. Stage is a suicide-attempt survivor who wants to put personal stories, and the faces behind them, at the forefront of public consciousness to reduce stigma and show other survivors that they are not alone. Stage travels across the country collecting stories and taking photographs to provide comfort, hope, and a sense of community among survivors. She states on the website that it is her hope that the Live Through This project can serve as an educational tool to promote suicide awareness in a relatable and unique way. The Live Through This project also provides resources for suicide survivors and those who may have suicidal ideation, including information about warning signs, risk factors, and links to other helpful sites.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) is a confidential, toll-free, 24-hour crisis line available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. It was launched in 2005 by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Mental Health Association of New York City. The Lifeline’s network of crisis centers across the nation connects callers to crisis counselors and mental health referrals day and night. Veterans, active military, and their families are connected to a veterans suicide prevention hotline specialist. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website also provides information for the deaf and hard of hearing, information about how to help someone else, and general information about mental health, therapy, and suicide prevention.
The Jason Foundation: Clark Flatt lost his son to suicide in 1997, and after researching the silent epidemic that is youth suicide, Flatt founded the Jason Foundation to empower youth and inform parents and educators how to recognize the warning signs and solicit the right professional help. The Jason Foundation has developed a school-based curriculum for students as well as informational seminars and information kits for teachers and parents that is nationally and internationally available. The Jason Foundation has been active in influencing legislation around the country for including youth suicide awareness and prevention training through The Jason Flatt Act. Visitors to The Jason Foundation website can download the “A Friend Asks” app, view informational videos, and get more information on The Jason Foundation’s initiatives.
International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). The IASP is dedicated to preventing suicidal behavior, alleviating its effects, and providing a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors.
In Harm's Way: Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention. A federally funded program that offers training seminars and workshops nationally on suicide prevention. The website offers a variety of resources, reproducible materials, articles with varying viewpoints, statistics and opinions from which readers can inform themselves about the issue and potential solutions to law enforcement suicides.
Ashland County Statistics on Suicide (2000-2013) HERE