Suicide is a major, preventable public health problem.
If you are in crisis and need immediate help:
- 216-623-6888: Call Cuyahoga County’s 24/7 Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline
- Call 9-1-1
- Go to the nearest hospital emergency department
Tragically, suicide rates increased from 2013 to 2014 with an average of one person dying by suicide every 12.3 minutes. The American Association of Suicidology states:
- One elderly person died by suicide every 1 hour and eight minutes. The elderly make up 14.5% of the population, but comprise 18% of all suicides.
- One young person died by suicide ever 1 hour and 44 minutes. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds.
- Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and is the only cause of death in the top 10 that is currently increasing.
Research shows that risk factors for suicide include:
- depression and other mental disorders, or a substance-abuse disorder (often in combination with other mental disorders). More than 90 percent of people who die by suicide have these risk factors.
- prior suicide attempt
- family history of mental disorder or substance abuse
- family history of suicide
- family violence, including physical or sexual abuse
- firearms in the home, the method used in more than half of suicides
- exposure to the suicidal behavior of others, such as family members, peers, or media figures.
However, suicide and suicidal behavior are not normal responses to stress; many people have these risk factors, but are not suicidal. Research also shows that the risk for suicide is associated with changes in brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, including serotonin. Decreased levels of serotonin have been found in people with depression, impulsive disorders, and a history of suicide attempts, and in the brains of suicide victims.
Cuyahoga County’s Suicide Prevention Coalition
The Cuyahoga County Suicide Prevention Coalition is composed of organizations,
community members and survivors dedicated to instilling hope, raising awareness, providing education and promoting resources in an effort to reduce the incidence of suicide and suicidal behavior in Cuyahoga County.
Taskforce membership spans a broad range of community partners including mental health and addiction treatment and recovery agencies, social service, family advocates as well as representatives from the education, healthcare and faith-based community.
To join the Coalition or for more information, contact Rick Oliver, Chair of the Coalition and Director of Crisis Services, FrontLine Service.
Click here to access the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County Calendar of Events page.
During the week of the Republican National Convention, the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Ohio Chapter hosted an event to raise awareness of the need for comprehensive national mental health reform and increase national support, Bringing Mental Illness Out of the Shadows. Click here to listen to the event.
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training
The ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County is providing free QPR Training to gatekeepers in Cuyahoga County. A gatekeeper is anyone in a position to recognize a crisis and warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide.
Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) teaches three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.
Gatekeepers include primary health care providers, teachers, law enforcement, correctional staff, community volunteers, hospice and nursing home staff, mental health and substance abuse providers, family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues, youth ministers, coaches, academic advisors, Sunday school teachers, and supervisors in the workplace.
Help & Resources
If the situation is urgent:
- 216-623-6888: Call Cuyahoga County’s Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Call 9-1-1.
- Crisis Text: 4HOPE to 741741
- Go to the nearest hospital emergency department.
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (Crisis) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) TTY
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