The Ohio State University Suicide Prevention Program (OSUSPP) supports multiple student initiatives. Our program values the contributions of students and works actively to help students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively advocate for suicide prevention. Click the links below to learn more about our suicide prevention student organizations, OSUSPP internship opportunities, and outreach events.
A simple conversation can save a life. RUOK? Day is a signature campus-wide outreach initiative to increase awareness among the OSU community about suicide, symptoms of suicide and teach others how to help someone who may be at risk of suicide.
Each March, students and OSU advisors from the Buckeye Campaign Against Suicide organize RUOK? Day as a way to encourage Ohio State students, faculty and staff to think about the people in their lives who may struggle with personal difficulties and take action – simply by starting a conversation.
Attendees to RUOK? Day are provided with resources and opportunities to pledge to ask a friend, coworker or stranger, “Are you okay today?” While some people may be having a great day, there are others who are struggling to overcome the obstacles in life and need help.
Watch the video from RUOK? Day 2018:
Survivors’ Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide gather to find comfort and gain understanding as they heal from the affects suicide has had on them and their loved ones.
In November, Ohio State organizes Survivors’ Day in connection with the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. Students share their stories of hope with each other and the ways they continue to cope with a suicide loss.
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Out of the Darkness Walk
Students from the Buckeye Campaign Against Suicide participate in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk each October. The Foundation is a leader in the fight against suicide and the walk is a way to engage young adults to help make a difference.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people ages 18-24. The campus walk series brings thousands of students across college campuses nationwide together to bring mental health conditions out of the darkness and stop the unneeded loss of life.
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