Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. Risk factors include mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, alcoholism, or drug abuse. Others are impulsive acts due to stress such as from financial difficulties, troubles with relationships, or bullying. Those who have previously attempted suicide are at high risk of future attempts. Suicide prevention efforts include limiting access to method of suicide such as firearms and poisons, treating mental illness and drug misuse, proper media reporting of suicide, and improving economic conditions. Although crisis hotlines are common, there is little evidence for their effectiveness.
(Ohio Revised Code 5.2286 Ohio Suicide Prevention Day.
The tenth day of September is designated as "Ohio Suicide Prevention Day."
Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 23, HB 149, §1, eff. 9/27/2013.)