Center for Suicide Prevention and Research

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.

  • Nearly one in 6 teens has seriously contemplated suicide in the past year.
  • Suicide affects people of all backgrounds. No one is immune.
  • Suicide is nearly always complex and tragic, yet often preventable if communities are provided with the right tools.

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.

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.

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

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.

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  • More Teens Are Attempting Suicide by Poisoning. Here’s What Parents Should Know. (May 2019, TIME): A study from the researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Central Ohio Poison Center found rates of suicide attempts by self-poisoning among adolescents have more than doubled in the last decade in the U.S., and more than tripled for girls and young women. Study co-author John Ackerman, PhD, says the findings have both practical and emotional implications for parents.
  • In Month After ‘13 Reasons Why’ Debut on Netflix, Study Finds Teen Suicide Grew (April 2019, The New York Times): A new study, led by the behavioral health experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital with collaborators, finds suicide rates spiked in the month after the release of the “13 Reasons Why” series among boys aged 10 to 17. That month, April 2017, had the highest overall suicide rate for this age group in the past five years, the study found.

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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.

Meet Our Team
Meet Our Center for Suicide Prevention and Research Team