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Suicide Prevention & Awareness

Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. The causes of suicide are complex and determined by multiple combinations of factors. Suicide prevention efforts seek to:

Ideally, these efforts can address numerous factors while promoting hope, easing access into effective treatment, encouraging connectedness, and supporting recovery.

Nationwide Children's Big Lots Behavioral Health Services

614-355-8080- intake
614-722-1800- crisis line for youth 17 and under

At Nationwide Children's Hospital, we know that an emotional, behavioral or developmental problem can be confusing for children and adolescents - and for those who love them. We offer a wide range of services to address the needs of these patients and their families.

Our comprehensive team approach brings together psychiatry, psychology, specialized pediatrics, counseling, parent support specialists, social work and nursing to help with every aspect of treatment. We respond to individuals who may be experiencing any form of mental or behavioral health concern, including substance abuse. 

Request an appointment online

If you are in an emergency, life-threatening situation, call 9-1-1 or go to an Emergency Department.

Medicaid and Private Insurance

Local Hotlines & Resources 

Teen Suicide Questions: 614-294-3300

This line is answered by trained teen volunteers during evening hours and by adults during other hours. This 24-hour line provides peer counseling to adolescents who may be dealing with loneliness, depression, and other problems.

Hands-On Central Ohio Resource Line: 614-221-2255

Hands-On Central Ohio helps Central Ohio residents connect to critical community resources available in Franklin County.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

On July 16, 2022 the United States will transition to 988 to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has resources to help communities share information about this important step in strengthening and transforming the crisis care continuum in the U.S.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 


A Friend Asks App - The Jason Foundation

“A Friend Asks” is a FREE smart-phone app that helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Download the app today and encourage friends and family to do the same. Education is the key to prevention and with information like this as close as your smartphone; you could help save a life!

A Friend Asks Link

Crisis Text Line: Text “start” to 741-741

Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. With over 42 million messages processed to date, we’re growing quickly, but so is the need.

Crisis Text Line Link

Lifeline Crisis Chat:

Lifeline Crisis Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in partnership with CONTACT USA. It is the first service of its kind where crisis centers across the United States have joined together to form one national chat network that can provide online emotional support, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention services. The chat specialists are here to listen and support you through whatever difficult times you may be facing.

Online Crisis Network:

IMAlive is a live online network that uses instant messaging to respond to people in crisis. People need a safe place to go during moments of crisis and intense emotional pain.

Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth: 866-488-7388  

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth: 866-488-7386 (24 hours a day, 365 days a year)

Trans Lifeline for Transgender People: 877-565-8860  

Trans Lifeline is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. We run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have.


Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation
Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation:
The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation is a prevention, education and resource organization.

Our Vision
To provide suicide prevention organizations information and resources, raise awareness, eliminate stigma, and increase help-seeking behavior for all Ohioans.

Our Mission
To promote suicide prevention as a public health issue and advance evidence-based awareness, intervention and methodology strategies which will support all Ohio-based suicide prevention efforts.

  1. Reduce factors that can increase the risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  2. Increase the factors that can help strengthen, support, and protect individuals from suicide
  • Available M-F 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. EST and 12 p.m. -7 p.m. PST
  • Text: 202-304-1200 text “Trevor”

Resources at a glance


Nationwide Children's Center for Suicide Prevention & Research 


National Suicide Prevention Hotline

A Friend Asks

Crisis Text Line

Lifeline Crisis Chat

Online Crisis Network

Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation

Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth

Trans Lifeline for Transgender People