No buckeye ever needs to go it alone. Many people have thoughts about suicide at some point in their lives. In fact, 1 in 10 college students report having thought about suicide in the last year. For most people these thoughts do not lead to actions, but they can be very serious and represent a real danger. If you are having thoughts of suicide, please reach out now.
How to Get Help
- If you are at immediate risk of harming yourself or someone else, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
- You can contact Counseling and Consultation Services at (614) 292-5766 to request an emergency appointment.
- You can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 614-221-5445 or 1-800-273-TALK, which provides free and anonymous assistance 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
- Individuals in Columbus can call the Netcare Access Crisis Hotline at 614-276-CARE to be connected to 24-hour crisis intervention, stabilization, and assessment services in Franklin County.
Helping Someone Else?
Talking about suicide is one of the best ways to prevent suicide. You can follow these tips on how to have a conversation with the person you are concerned about. One common myth about suicide is that talking about it will somehow put the idea in their heads or cause them to act on it. However, letting someone know they are cared for and that they can get help can literally save their life. You can attend a one hour OSU REACH training to learn and practice how to have these conversations. OSU faculty and staff can also complete an online training program on how to intervene with at-risk students
A suicide survivor is someone who has lost a friend, family member, or loved one to suicide. The OSU Suicide Prevention Program has a listing of local and national resources for individuals who’s lives have been impacted by suicide.
Suicide Prevention Resources
- OSU Suicide Prevention Program
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- The Jed Foundation
- Choosing to Live (1996) by Tomas Ellis and Cory F. Newman: For individuals who are high risk of suicide and their families
- Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide (2011) by Kay Redfield Jamison: Written by a suicide survivor.