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.

  • 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. 

CSPR Research and News

>> For blog posts, recent 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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