The Ohio State University Suicide Prevention Program (OSUSPP) was established in 2006 with initial funding from the SAMHSA Garrett Lee Smith Grant. To date, we are the largest college/university campus suicide prevention program in the nation. Our mission is to develop a comprehensive, effective, culturally responsive, technologically advanced, and sustainable system of suicide prevention at the Columbus and the five regional campuses of The Ohio State University.
We believe that suicide prevention is a shared campus responsibility and we work with over 150 campus partners to ensure that all faculty, staff, and students, are a part of the mission to help reduce mental health stigma and suicide risk.
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Effective suicide prevention is comprehensive: it requires a combination of efforts that work together to address different aspects of the problem. In 2018, OSUSPP developed the “Pillars of a Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program” which serves as a model for our work. We believe these pillars and strategies form a broad campus approach to suicide prevention and mental health promotion. They include: advocacy, infrastructure, screening, partnership, leadership, education, policy, student leadership, and opportunities for collaboration.