Center for Suicide Prevention and Research :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Center for Suicide Prevention and Research

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The Center for Suicide Prevention and Research (CSPR) at Nationwide Children's Hospital was created in 2015 to address the growing problem of suicide among youth in central Ohio.

  • Suicide has emerged as the second leading cause of death for children ages 10-19 years old in the United States.
    • In 2014, the most recent year for which national data is available, the suicide rate among teens was 5.1 per 100,000.
    • This is higher than the rates over the last 15 years in the U.S.
  • In Franklin County alone, 11 teens died by suicide in 2015.
    • This is a record high compared to the one or two youth suicides that the local community endured annually from 2007 to 2010. 

The Center for Suicide Prevention and Research is a joint partnership with Big Lots Behavioral Health Services and the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's.

  • The research efforts of CSPR are led by center director Jeff Bridge, PhD, an internationally-known suicidologist whose work focuses on the epidemiology of suicidal behavior in young people, neurocognitive vulnerability to suicidal behavior and on improving the quality of care for suicidal youth and adolescents who have attempted suicide. 
  • John Ackerman, PhD, a child and adolscent psychologist in Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children's, coordinates prevention efforts for CSPR, including implementation of the Signs of Suicide curriculum in regional middle and high schools. 

Featured News and Blog Posts

  • Talking to Your Kids About Depression and Suicide (700 Children's Blog): This post, written by Amy Coleman, LISW, and John Ackerman, PhD, discusses why it's important to talk about depression and suicide, how to start the conversation, and resources for parents. 

>> For more recent news, visit the CSPR Research and News page.


Pediacast Interview with Dr. Bridge and Dr. Axelson

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