Campus Resources and Ways to Help

The State of Ohio offers a wide variety of suicide prevention resources. Credit: Katherine Simon | Lantern Reporter

No one is alone and the State of Ohio is providing many resources as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is underway for the prevention and treatment of suicidal thoughts.

Laura Lewis, Ohio State’s Deputy Director Suicide Prevention Program, said Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is an effort to spread the message that suicide is preventable.

Lewis said the Ohio State Suicide Prevention Program provides education and training to give people the skills to help someone who may be at risk.

“We are a great resource for campus if you want to learn more about the topic of suicide and if you want to become more confident about how to recognize the signs and symptoms of someone who may be in distress and how to respond and how to get them access to care,” Lewis said.

According to National Institute of Mental Healthsuicide is the third leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 24, and young men are most at risk.

Ohio State also hosts the Campus Walk Out of Darkness each year with the goal of inspiring hope and healing to prevent suicide. More than 300 people participated in the march on April 9.

Advisory and consulting services can provide treatment and therapy for students with suicidal thoughts or mental health issues, Lewis said.

“If you’re in crisis, they’ll respond and help you and make an immediate appointment,” Lewis said. “CCS is a great resource for how to talk to students and peers you might want to help, but aren’t sure how to get them there or aren’t sure what words to say.

Lewis said university police are also fully trained to handle mental health crises.

“Sometimes it can be helpful to phone the campus police and just say, ‘I’m worried about someone, what should I do?’ and they’ll explain to you what they can do and how they can support you, if they don’t come out and check that person specifically,” Lewis said.

Outside of Ohio State resources, calling or texting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 will connect individuals with the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Lewis said a licensed counselor will then respond to help or explain how the caller can help someone in a crisis.

“It’s a really great new resource because it makes it easier for people to access care,” Lewis said.

AnnaBelle Bryan, director of the Suicide and Trauma Reduction Initiative for Veterans at Wexner Medical Center of Ohio State, said talking to someone and listening to them is sometimes the best thing to do, but that “doesn’t necessarily mean therapy. “.

Bryan said the approach and type of treatment is different depending on the person, but the treatment has been shown to be effective.

“Suicide has no barriers,” Bryan said. “Mental health diagnoses have no barriers. The treatment can work and has no obstacles.

Lewis said one way to help suicide prevention efforts is to look at health in a holistic way, which the Student Wellness Center aims to do. The center provides support for people struggling with body image, nutrition and addiction issues.

“They’re doing a lot for mental health, for physical health, for financial health, even now for digital health, and so there’s a ton of programs they offer,” Lewis said.

Lewis said suicide prevention is a shared campus responsibility to monitor and help connect people when the signs become noticeable.

“It’s normal not to be well,” Lewis said. It’s good to ask for help. It’s not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of wisdom and strength.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts or thoughts, there are resources available.

  • National Suicide Prevention 24/7 Lifeline: Dial 988
  • 24/7 Columbus Suicide Helpline: 614-221-5445
  • The Trevor Project 24/7 LGBTQ Suicide Hotline: 866-488-7386
  • Ohio State Counseling and Counseling Services after hours: 614-292-5766, option 2