Mental Health and Recovery Board

Suicide Prevention

More than 41,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year. It is this country's 11th leading cause of death, and is often characterized as a response to a single event or set of circumstances.However, unlike these popular conceptions, suicide is a much more involved phenomenon. The factors that contribute to any particular suicide are diverse and complex, so our efforts to understand it must incorporate many approaches.

 Got the Holiday Blues?  Clark, Greene & Madison County prevention guides.    

Clark Seniors, Clark Adult, Greene Senior, Greene Adult, Madison Senior                                                                                                                 


Suicide Prevention Coalitions—You Can Save a Life!

Clark County Coalition Members - click here

Greene County Coalition Members - click here

Madison County Coalition Members - click here


  • Free Depression Awareness Training
  • Support Yellow Ribbon and Peer Support Programs in Local Schools

  • Loved Ones Left Behind by Suicide Support Group
          - Second Wednesdays of the month - 7:00-8:30 pm
          - Clark County Combined Health Department, 529 East Home Road Springfield, OH 45503
          - Call Louise 937-244-4661/ 937-328-8897 or Tara 937-504-3711

  • Support Group for Survivors of Suicide Loss
  •       - Second Thursdays of the month - 6:30-8:30 pm
          - Beavercreek Health Center, 2510 Commons Blvd., Beavercreek , OH 45431
          - Call Pam 937-376-8526 x 109 for more information






Suicide Warning Signs                                                                                               Suicide: We Need To Talk

  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means

  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide

  • Feeling hopeless or depressed

  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge

  • Dramatic life events (loss of job, home, loved one, relationship, etc.)

  • Increasing alcohol or drug use

  • Acting restless or engaging in risky activities—seemingly without thinking

  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society

  • Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time

  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes

  • Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life                                               

  • Giving away favorite possessions; Saying inappropriate good-bye                                                                                                           Suicide & Language


What You Can Do

  • Take person seriously, let them know you care
  • Listen closely and ask questions about a plan

  • Avoid arguing with the person or convincing them it will pass

  • Stay with the person & get help immediately

  • Remove access to weapons or alcohol/drugs

  • Call 911 or go to nearest Emergency Room


For Depression Screening, Counseling, and Medication Treatment:

For more information:
Greta Mayer 937-322-0648 x103


Additional Suicide Prevention Awareness Links:


Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation                 


SAMHSA Suicide Prevention 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

American Association of Suicidology

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

"Reminding Loved Ones That Life is Precious: Suicide Prevention Resources"

Morningside Recovery

LearnPsychology Suicide Depression Student Guidebook