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Suicide Prevention

A new study suggests that raising the minimum wage might lower the suicide rate — especially when unemployment is high — and that doing so might have saved tens of thousands of people from dying by suicide in the last quarter century.

Health officials say when a suicidal adolescent cannot safely remain in the community, traditional intervention often involves a lengthy psychiatric hospitalization.

The nation's foremost public health agency shies away from discussing the important link in this country between suicide and access to guns.

That's according to documents obtained by NPR that suggest the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instead relies on vague language and messages about suicide that effectively downplay and obscure the risk posed by firearms.

Guns in the United States kill more people through suicide than homicide.

Karen Kasler

Advocates are calling on Ohio Senators to restore $36 million in funding for mental health and suicide prevention before they pass the two-year state budget bill next week.

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Columbus City Schools are working with Children's Hospital to provide mental health counselors on school campuses for students who have permission from their parents. 

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.


If you know someone struggling with despair, depression or thoughts of suicide, you may be wondering how to help.

denison.edu

Denison University has canceled classes today after a student took her own life on Tuesday. 

thelantern.com

Ohio State University has closed the top levels of the Ohio Union South and Lane Avenue parking garages as it evaluates safety enhancements in the wake of four students dying from falls in the last year. 

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Ohio State University created a task force earlier this year to review suicide prevention efforts and mental health support services after two students died in the last two years falling from parking garages. 

thelantern.com

Ohio State University President Michael Drake is offering condolences after a student died in a fall from the school's Lane Avenue parking garage. 

Jo Ingles

Ohio State's former football coach Jim Tressel is among those who are talking about suicide and what the state is doing to prevent it. 

People who are thinking about killing themselves appear to have distinctive brain activity that can now be measured by a computer.

In these people, words like "death" and "trouble" produce a distinctive "neural signature" not found in others, scientists report in the journal Nature Human Behaviour. More than 44,000 people commit suicide in the U.S. each year.

Franklin County Commissioners have approved spending 450 thousand dollars on mental health and suicide prevention services in public schools.

Ohio Public Radio

University officials, state lawmakers and a former college football star are trying to raise awareness about efforts to prevent campus suicides.

A study from Nationwide Children's Hospital shows a growing racial disparity in suicide rates among school-aged children.  

A bill is being proposed in Ohio that would require community colleges and universities to have suicide prevention programs on and off campus.