Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation

Hands on Work (choose from opportunities described below.)

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  • Help with a fundraiser through set-up, cleaning, or general duties as needed.

Who can help: Anyone!


Run/Walk/Ride for Suicide Prevention

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If you love to run, walk, or ride, participate in a local event and ask people to donate a certain amount per mile for the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation.

Who can help: Anyone!


Run a Collection Drive

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Ask your neighbors, classmates, and friends to donate money for the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation.  

Who can help: Anyone!


Organize a Fundraiser

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Organize your own fundraiser!  Host a bake sale, lemonade stand, or any event with the proceeds going to the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation.  Every dollar helps!

Who can help: Anyone!


 

Conduct an Social Media Awareness Campaign

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 Get the word out on Twitter and Instagram about the good work the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation is doing.  Or, promote an upcoming fundraising event.

Who can help: Anyone!


Contact Ohio Suicide Prevention under the ‘Contact’ tab on the menu to your left to set up volunteer opportunities or service projects!

What is your organization’s mission statement?

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Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation’s missions is to promote suicide prevention as a public health issue and advance evidence-based awareness, intervention and methodology strategies which will support all Ohio-based suicide prevention efforts.


 
What population do you serve? 

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Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation serves those who are struggling with depression and other issues in an effort to prevent them from committing suicide. The organization also serves the rest of Ohioans by informing people on this issue and lessen the stigma attached to it so that everyone can engage in healthy dialogue about it.


 

How many do you serve in a year? 

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We serve hundreds of people in Ohio each year either through our prevention programs or our educational programs.

What region or area do you provide services in?

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Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, as the name suggest, serves people living in Ohio. The organization works to prevent Ohioans from committing suicide, as well as supporting survivors in the aftermath of a death due to suicide.


 
How and when did the organization get started? 

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Although the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation wasn’t officially established until 2005, its roots date back to 1998 when the Ohio Department for Mental Health appointed eight individuals to a team to attend the National Suicide Prevention Conference. Between then and 2005, many events took place that moved the organization forward. These include Ohio helping draft the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Suicide (1999) and the launch of Ohio’s Suicide Prevention Plan (2002).

By 2007, two years after the organization’s formation, the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation had funded 56 suicide prevention coalitions that covered 65 counties throughout Ohio.


 

How many employees do you have? 

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We have several employees on staff including counselors and social workers.


 

How many volunteers does your organization have?  (click the “Service Projects” tab to learn more about volunteer opportunities)

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We rely on volunteers to help us with general operations and fundraising efforts.

How do your programs or services help the community?

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Around 1,200 Ohioans die every year because of suicide.

Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation helps the community by raising awareness about about suicide, working to eliminate stigma attached to the issue, and providing information and resources to those who need it. The organization works to prevent suicide and support survivors in Ohio.


 
Program Descriptions 

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Community/County Coalitions: We help spread the word that suicide is a public health issue. We provide structure and opportunity for allied groups to educate and increase awareness in a strategic manner. These coalitions aim to reduce stigma around the issue of suicide, which in turn will hopefully make seeking help more comfortable and thus save lives.

 

Gatekeeper Training: helps provide individuals with the necessary information and tools to talk others down from suicidal thoughts. A “gatekeeper” is anyone who comes into contact with another person who may be feeling suicidal. This program is run by trained speakers who give presentations about the warning signs of suicide and what steps can be taken to decrease risk.

Ohio Youth and Adult Speakers Bureau: help spread the message of suicide prevention by sharing personal stories of attempted suicide, bullying, etc. These trained volunteers believe that sharing their stories is a powerful experience that can help educate others on how to help people who are going through similar situations.

Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation’s Wishlist:


  • We need cash donations to support our vital staff of social workers and counselors, and to continue our educational programs.


Name: Austin Lucas

Title: Grant Coordinator

Organization: Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation

Email: Austin.Lucas@ohiospf.org

Work: (614) 429-1528 ext. 237

Address:
1225 Dublin Rd, Suite 050
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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