Suicide in Ohio

The Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition (MHAC) in partnership with the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health (The Alliance) and the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF), produced Suicide in Ohio: Facts, Figures, and the Future, a report consisting of three installments that examine 2009-2018 Ohio Department of Health (ODH) suicide data across myriad demographics.

Suicide in Ohio: Facts, Figures, and the Future provides readers with insight about deaths by suicide across Ohio, as well as the impact of and community responses to suicide in specific areas of Northeast and Southwest Ohio. The goal of this report is to provide information for policy makers, clinicians, and community leaders, so they will have the knowledge and motivation to take the necessary actions needed to increase a focus on suicide prevention, diminish the number of deaths by suicide, and provide relief for survivors of suicide loss.

The report can also be used to help develop effective responses at the local, state, and federal levels. An effective suicide response must include components like adequate funding at the state and local levels, suicide prevention plans and programming, mental health insurance parity, the training of primary care health professionals, and many more.

Installment 1: An Overview and What State-level Data Tells Us, provides an overview and examines suicide data according to various demographics in order to inform stakeholders about suicide deaths that are occurring in Ohio. The report's analysis of 2009-2018 Ohio Department of Health (ODH) statewide suicide data depicts suicide deaths in Ohio according to county, age, gender, years of life lost, race, marital status, education status, mechanism of death, seasonality, and day of the week.

Installment 2: Impact of Suicide and Current Responses in 7 Northeast Ohio Counties, delves into regional, county, and township level suicide death data in seven Northeast Ohio counties, including Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit Counties, and provides information on county-level systems and suicide prevention efforts.

Installment 3: Impact of Suicide and Current Responses in 6 Southwest Ohio Counties, delves into regional, county, and township level suicide death data in six Southwest Ohio counties, including Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, and Warren Counties, and provides information on county-level systems and suicide prevention efforts.