Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for children ages 10-19 years old in the United States. 

If you think your child has thought about ending their life, or if you recently lost a loved one to suicide, these resources may offer support.

Call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately if your child has made a suicide attempt or is showing warning signs of suicide, or take your child to the nearest emergency room.

Immediate Crisis Resources

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. Call 988.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Patient Photo

Addressing Suicide Among Youth

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.

Prevention Resources for Families

Suicide Prevention Crisis Tips

If your child has thought about ending their life, you may feel shocked, numb, afraid or confused. Our experts offer tips to keep in mind during this stressful time.

Suicide Warning Signs

Learn suicide warning signs and how to respond.

Suicidal Behaviors

Learn more about suicidal behaviors, signs & symptoms, risk factors, treatment and when to seek help.

Safe Storage Saves Lives

Safe storage of potentially harmful items is everyone’s responsibility. It is hard to predict when someone might experience an emotional crisis, so keeping your home safe at all times is a smart decision.

Resources for Bereaved Families

9 Suggestions for Other Parents Who Have Lost a Child to Suicide

A parent shares nine suggestions for another parent who has lost a child to suicide.

From a Child Who Lost a Parent to Suicide

A child who lost his father to suicide just one month after his 10th birthday shares his story.

Practical Information for Immediately After a Loss

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention shares practical information to review immediately after a loved one's loss. 

Suicide Grief Support

Harry Bruell compiled a list of grief resources including support groups, books, therapies, and more. 

Suicide Loss Survivors

The American Association of Suicidology offers resources for loss survivors.

Supporting Children and Teens After A Suicide Death

Explaining suicide death to a child or teen can feel overwhelming and intimidating. The Dougy Center shares some tips for talking with children and teens about a suicide death and ways to support them in their grief.

Supporting Grieving Siblings

The death of a brother or sister is often defined as a before-and-after experience in childhood. The Dougy Center offers suggestions to help your child or teen in the days, months and years afterwards.

Surviving Your Child's Suicide

The Compassionate Friends share resources for those who lost a child to suicide.

Talk to Talk to a Child About a Suicide Attempt

If there has been a recent suicide attempt in your family, this may be one of the toughest experiences you and your children may ever face. The MIRECC guide is intended to provide you with some of that support, and also share other resources that may be helpful for you now and as your family recovers.

Talking to Children About Suicide

Talking to kids about suicide can be challenging. However, creating a safe space to talk about suicide can save a child’s life.

Talking With Children About Suicide Death

Susan Coale, LCSW-C, and Sarah Montgomery, LCSW-C, share resources to talk with children about a suicide death.

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center share resources for school aged children who have been affected by suicide. 

Suicide Support Communities

Alliance of Hope

The Alliance of Hope was created by survivors for survivors. As a 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit, we provide online healing support and other services for people who are coping with devastating loss to suicide.

Franklin County Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors

Franklin County LOSS provides suicide grief support in Columbus Ohio.

United Suicide Survivors International

United Suicide Survivors International is an independent international organization that serves as a home for people who have experienced suicide loss, suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts and feelings, and their friends and families — collectively known as people w/ lived experience with suicide – to leverage their expertise for large scale change.