Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation Launches Life Side Ohio Campaign

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) held a press conference Tuesday to introduce a campaign called Life Side Ohio.

“We all come to the table today to focus on working together to make sure we put all differences aside and instead focus on a common goal to prevent suicide,” said Tony Coder, Director OSPF Executive at the press conference.

Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz shared at the press conference that between 2020 and 2021, Franklin County has seen a 6% increase in suicides, approximately 50% of which are from firearms. fire. She says the suicides of two teenagers by firearm during this time made her wonder why this was happening.

“This question is addressed by many people. Health professionals, organizations, scientists, and I think we’ve come a bit of a way to find answers, but we have to understand the “why” to get to prevention, and people are constantly working on that. domain,” Ortiz said.

The campaign will promote safe storage to prevent people from hurting themselves with guns in an effort to reduce the number of gun-related suicides in the state.

“When you have responsible gun owners, veterans, law enforcement and all these people behind me, coming together and building relationships, I don’t know what we’re going to accomplish, but we’re going to accomplish something great,” Delaware Police Capt. Adam Moore said.

The event was held at the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition office. You can watch the full press conference in the player above.