Suicide Awareness

Every day over 100 people die by suicide. The state of Ohio ranks 33rd out of the 50 states for death by suicide and it’s the 2nd leading cause of death in 15-34 year olds in the state of Ohio. The good news is that we can work together to help prevent suicide from happening. By learning the signs to watch for and knowing how to get help we can all play a part in helping prevent suicide. 

Signs to watch for:

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

Risk Factors:

  • Depression, other mental health/ emotional disorders, or substance abuse disorders
  • Prior suicide attempt
  • Family history of mental disorder or substance abuse
  • Family violence, including physical and sexual abuse
  • Being exposed to others’ suicidal behavior (i.e. family members, peers, or media figures)
  • Recent death or loss

How do you get help? 
If you or a friend are struggling with finding hope and having thoughts of suicide please don’t wait to get help. There is hope and things can get better. Contact one of the following: 
If you are a Rhodes Student contact Campus Counselor, Kendra Bermosk, LPCC at 419-995-8133, or stop by PS 216-C for free confidential counseling services.
If you are in the Lima Area you can contact the We Care Crisis Center at 1-800-567-HOPE (4673) or (419) 227-8443 (TDD). For immediate assistance and emergencies call 9-1-1. 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8258)/ 1-800-799-4899 (TTY)  or
Crisis Text Line: Text “start” to 741-741 for text hope line support. Someone is available 24 hours a day to text with you. 
Trevor Lifeline (LGBT) 1-866-488-7386 or
For Veteran and their families: Veteran’s Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 press 1, text 838255, or go to
Disclaimer: The views, opinions, and content expressed in this presentation do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or polices of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 
Links for Additional Resources: 
JED Foundation:
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
Half Of Us:
Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize, and Harding Counties: (Free anonymous mental health screening tools)