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The last year has taken its toll on people’s physical and mental health resulting in a rise in attempted suicide and/or unanticipated psychiatric hospitalizations. It is clear that teams, providers, county boards and department staff are working hard to ensure that people get the help they need. Addressing suicide attempts isn’t easy and requires a collaborative team effort focused on the individual and family.  The hard work, long hours and support to those who are struggling has been a testament to the dedication of our system partners. Teams are coming together to provide help when people need it most. In that effort, we wanted to share some data and offer some resources.

Ohio MUI Data

Attempted Suicides and Unanticipated Psychiatric Hospitalizations

  • In 2020, 1,069 individuals with IDD had at least one attempted suicide and/or unanticipated psychiatric hospital admission.
  • There were 209 Attempted Suicides involving 167 individuals.
  • During 2020, Unanticipated Psychiatric Hospitalization MUIs were filed on behalf of 589 individuals.
  • 420 people had a single mental health-related MUI in 2020.
  • Nine people had 6 or more mental health MUIs and the maximum number for one individual was 16 MUIs.

Suicide Deaths:

  • Sadly from 2012-YTD 2020, 18 people with IDD have died by suicide.
  • The average age was 31 years.
  • 89% of the people had at least one mental health diagnosis.
  • 61% of the people had at least 1 previous suicide attempt.

Suicide Prevention and Mental Wellness Resources

Mental health treatment works

Mental Wellness with Dr. Gentile: Tips for Suicide Prevention


National Prevention Lifeline



Crisis Text Line

A user texts the work “4HOPE” to 741741.


American Foundation of Suicide Prevention


Suicide Prevention: Resource Center



Life Is Better With You Here

The Life Is Better With You Here campaign urges strong meaningful, positive relationships with others to protect and prevent against suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Prevention Lane Organization




Suicide Prevention for individuals with Autism Webinar

Dr. Brittany Myers of Metro Health Medical Center and Jacquie Wynn of Nationwide Children's Hospital lead this webinar on the prevalence of suicide for people with autism, originally recorded August 1, 2019.


Suicide Prevention LGBTQ+ community



Suicide Prevention Health and Welfare Alert


Mobile Response Stabilization Services (MRSS)

A service in select counties in the NW and SW regions of the state. This service is for families with a youth between 0-21.



OhioMHAS Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS)


The System of Care (SOC) Project ECHO for Multi System Youth

Presenters included Nationwide Children’s (John Ackermann and Jeffry Bridge), Akron Children’s (Steph Freeman), and CIP (Bobbi Beale)


SAMHSA Guide: Treatment of Suicidal Ideation, Self-Harm, and Suicide Attempts Among Youth:

As part of its Evidence-based Resource Guide Series, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed the Treatment for Suicidal Ideation, Self-Harm, and Suicide Attempts Among Youth guide.

Mental Health America (MHA) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) have developed toolkits to help communities generate awareness and understanding about mental health, while working to reduce stigma. MHA’s Tools to Thrive kit provides practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of their personal situation. The toolkit includes sample materials for communications and social media, as well as printable handouts on a variety of topics, including: adapting after trauma and stress; dealing with anger and frustration; getting out of thinking traps; processing big changes; taking time for yourself; and radical acceptance. NAMI’s toolkit, which includes images and graphics, continues to amplify the message “You Are Not Alone.” NAMI’s resources emphasize the healing value of connecting in safe ways, prioritizing mental health and acknowledging that it’s okay to not be okay through NAMI’s blog, personal stories, videos, digital toolkits, social media engagements and national events.