Ohio Youth Suicide Prevention Collaborative

How We Collaborate


Zero suicides for Ohio youth 12 to 18 years of age


OCHA hospitals working together to reduce Youth Suicide for children, 12 to 18 years of age in the state of Ohio

Why Suicide Prevention?

  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for children age 10-14; second leading cause ages 14-24.
  • Nearly 20% of high school students report serious thoughts of suicide and nearly 1 in 10 have made an attempt to take their lives (NAMI).
  • The past decade has seen a disturbing increase in suicide attempts in youth, particularly ages 10 to 12.
    • Over a 20-year (2000-2020) period, researchers observed an increase in suicidal overdoses beginning around 2012.
    • The most significant increase was among children in the 10- to 12-year-old group, which increased from 1,058 in 2010 to 5,606 in 2020 — a fivefold increase.

Some groups have higher suicide rates than others:

  • Race/ethnicity
    • Highest rates are among American Indian/Alaska Native and non-Hispanic White populations
    • Highest rates of increase: Black youth.
      • Black youth under 13 are twice as likely than White counterparts
  • Rural areas: Gallia, Paulding and Jackson counties
  • Sexual and gender minority youth

Keys to Reducing Pediatric Suicide in Ohio

  • Resiliency and Social Emotional Development
  • Relevant Data Monitoring and Transparency
  • Access to Effective Treatments
  • Best Practice Suicide Care
  • Informed and Engaged Providers


Ohio Youth Suicide Prevention Collaborative: From the front lines of the youth suicide crisis

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