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.

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.

CSPR Blog Posts

The Center for Suicide Prevention and Research has authored a variety of blog posts for parents and families, on myths surrounding depression and suicide, self-injury and how to talk with your children about these difficult topics, as well as resources for treatment and recovery.

Featured Post: Most Popular on the 700 Children's Blog

  • 13 Reasons Why: Should Parents Be Concerned About This Netflix Series? - The mini-series 13 Reasons Why (13RW) was recently released on Netflix, and has led to much conversation and social media buzz about teen suicide, particularly among middle and high schoolers. In one of the most popular posts on the 700 Children's blog, John Ackerman, PhD, suicide prevention coordinator for CSPR, discusses what is concerning about the series, what to consider as a parent and what resources are most helpful when having crucial conversations about youth suicide.

>> To view additional blog posts and resources, visit the CSPR Blog Posts page.

Signs of Suicide and How to Respond

Signs of Suicide (SOS) is a nationally recognized suicide prevention program offered by CSPR at Nationwide Children's Hospital. As part of SOS and their overall mission, CSPR also offers information on the warning signs of suicide, how to communicate concern effectively, and support resources.

CSPR Research and News

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

Suicide Reporting Guidelines and Resources

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services engaged Nationwide Children's Hospital and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University to create tools that could assist reporters and editors. The result includes the resources below and a series of workshops at six Ohio colleges during Spring 2017.


Pediacast Interview with Dr. Bridge and Dr. Axelson

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