Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation
The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) is pleased to present Ohio’s Campaign for Hope, developed in response to SAMHSA’s State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements. Ohio’s Campaign will provide a multi-pronged approach of suicide prevention initiatives, serving Ohio’s at-risk youth (ages 15 to 24) as well as the adults who serve them. OSPF will equip, mobilize and support its statewide network of Suicide Prevention Coalitions to assure the engagement of community stakeholders as well as the delivery of locale sensitive, culturally competent services. At-risk populations, including youth residing in high risk counties, military families as well as youth involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems and GLBT communities will be targeted with trans-formative services. Sadly, Ohio has rate of youth suicide that exceeds the national average; suicide is the third leading cause of death for the targeted age population. Evidence based practices form the core of the initiatives that will initially focus on the twenty counties of highest need. Evidence based practices to be coordinated through the Coalition network and OSPF project staff include Kognito’s At Risk for High School Educators and Military Families, an on-line, interactive gatekeeper training program for adult serving youth, Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk, a suicide-specific professional development program for mental health professionals, and the youth suicide riskassessment tools – Teen Screen and Signs of Suicide. OSPF will also market and promote the National Lifeline information and resources in a cadre of different manners. OSFP anticipates that 20,000 adult serving youth will be served through the three year program implementation program and that I 0,000 youth will participate in suicide risk assessments. Those determined to be at-risk will receive follow up and referral services to assure active and timely engagement in the community-based mental health system. OSPF will also engage former GLS grant participants that are community based mental health centers to serve as peer mentors to assist communities throughout the State in successful engagement and tracking of at-risk youth as they access local treatment services. External evaluation of Ohio’s Campaign will be completed by the research team at Case Western Reserve University.