Center for Suicide Prevention and Research

In response to the Nationwide Children Hospital’s behavioral health initiative, the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research (CSPR) was created in 2015 to address the growing problem of suicide among youth. CSPR is a joint partnership with Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion and the Abigail Wexner Research Institute.

Nationally, suicide has emerged as the second leading cause of death for children ages 10-19 years old. 

  • Nearly 1 in 6 teens has seriously contemplated suicide in the past year.
  • Suicide affects people of all backgrounds. 
  • Early identification of risk factors can aid behavioral health specialists in prevention strategies for youth at risk of suicide.
  • Suicide is complex and tragic yet often preventable if communities are provided with the right tools.

The Center for Suicide Prevention and Research (CSPR) is located in the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion (map and directions) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the largest and most comprehensive center dedicated exclusively to child and adolescent behavioral and mental health on a pediatric medical campus in the United States. This partnership between the Abigail Wexner Research Institute and the Big Lots Behavioral Health Services allows for the development and implementation of evidence-based prevention strategies. 

CSPR consists of two main areas of focus: Prevention and Research.