OHIO: CDC Survey Becomes a Tool in Stark County Suicide Prevention

November 02, 2018
News Type:  Weekly Spark, Weekly Spark News
State:  Ohio

The Repository

Health officials in Stark County, Ohio, have released a report on youth suicide. The report includes findings from a survey of more than 15,000 middle and high school students carried out last year by county and state health departments. It found that 1 in 5 students has had suicidal thoughts and 1 in 11 has attempted suicide. To address these findings, the report lays out strategies in seven areas: (1) increase access to suicide care, (2) create safe environments, (3) promote social support, (4) teach coping and problem-solving skills, (5) identify and assist people at risk, (6) respond effectively to suicide deaths and attempts, and (7) regularly assess student health and well-being. “The report emphasizes the importance of . . . collaboration in developing and enhancing youth suicide prevention strategies,” said Stark County Health Commissioner Kirk Norris.

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Populations:  Youth, Adolescents
Settings:  Schools, Middle School, High School
Planning and Implementing:  Promoting Mental Health
Strategies:  Overview of Strategies, Identify and Assist, Increase Help-Seeking, Effective Care/Treatment, Respond to Crisis, Postvention, Reduce Access to Means, Life Skills and Resilience, Connectedness