The DeWine administration aims to address mental illness and other factors that contribute to suicide. The governor’s RecoveryOhio Advisory Council made more than 70 recommendations to address areas of stigma, health care parity coverage, prevention, treatment and recovery supports.
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Warning signs of suicide include: major change in mood or behavior; high-risk behaviors such as drug use; expressing feelings of hopelessness; self-harm such as cutting or burning; change in energy, appetite or sleep schedule.
Experts suggest the following ways to help someone showing warning signs: ask directly about suicidal thoughts; listen to their needs; keep lethal means away from them; call 911 if necessary; connect them with the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255; encourage them to seek counseling.
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Suicide is a complex problem with multiple risk factors. Root causes of depression and anxiety include a lack of healthy coping skills; barriers to receiving care, including stigma; high levels of stress and trauma due to loss of jobs, the addiction crisis and high rates of domestic violence; and a lack of community connectedness.
If you or someone you know is in crisis:
— Call 911 if necessary;
— Contact the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255
— Contact the Crisis Text Line by texting 4hope to 741741
Highlights from a state report on suicide:
— 45 percent increase 2007 to 2018 in suicide deaths statewide;
— Rates are highest among white males;
— Rates among males are four times higher than among females;
— Suicides by hanging increased 75 percent and by gun increased 48.5 percent between 2007 and 2018.