Strengthening & Sustaining Ohio’s Suicide Prevention Coalitions (SSOSPC) Initiative
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has partnered with the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation and Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs to enhance the work of suicide prevention coalitions across the state to align with the Suicide Prevention Plan for Ohio and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) seven strategies for preventing suicide. Seventeen suicide prevention coalitions covering 23 counties were funded in the spring of 2020 to engage in an eight-month learning community with peers and receive wraparound support services in order to strengthen local suicide prevention efforts and build community capacity to make a greater impact in suicide prevention across Ohio. Through participation in the learning community, coalitions will:
- Conduct a Community Readiness Assessment (CRA) to better understand local conditions that guide appropriate suicide prevention strategies.
- Develop the knowledge and skills needed to increase infrastructure and support coalition sustainability.
- Enhance strategic planning efforts through data-driven decision-making.
- Engage in professional development and leadership skill-building opportunities.
Of the 17 coalitions funded in 2020, five coalitions also received funding to study and apply the Community Coalition Action Theory (CCAT) to enhance the efforts of their suicide prevention coalitions.
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is working collaboratively with several organizations on the SSOSPC Initiative, including the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF), Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) , and YouThrive Consulting. Together, the SSOSPC Leadership Team provides wraparound training, technical assistance, professional development, and leadership skill-building opportunities to the funded coalitions. For more information about the Leadership Team, please visit the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation's Leadership Team page.