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.

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

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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Research and News

  • Teen Suicide in the Media (May 2017, WOSU Radio "All Sides with Ann Fisher" Podcast): John Ackerman, PhD, suicide prevention coordinator for CSPR, is one of three guests interviewed about the controversy around the Netflix series, "13 Reasons Why" and the way teen suicide is depicted in the media.
  • Schools Urge Discussions Over Netflix Series "13 Reasons Why" (April 2017, Columbus Dispatch): School districts have directed parents to a blog by John Ackerman, PhD, suicide prevention coordinator for CSPR, about the show. Dr. Ackerman discusses how its portrayal of suicide misses the mark in understanding mental health issues, as well as the best ways to have conversations about these difficult topics.

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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.

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