The Suicide Prevention Program provides depression and suicide prevention education to middle and high school students in Licking County. We offer the SOS program which is recommended by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) as an Evidence-Based Practice. SOS teaches students to recognize signs of depression in themselves and classmates; discusses the link between depression and suicide; and provides resources for help.
” MHA’s suicide prevention program at Newark High School is a long-standing program that has provided many benefits for our students over the years. The program does an excellent job of educating students on how they can look out for themselves and each other. Moreover, the program gives students practical tools that they can use to promote mental health. I firmly believe the program has a positive impact on our school culture and climate.” Scott Koebel, Newark High School Counselor
In Licking County, there were 33 deaths by suicide in 2015. The goal of the program is to increase help-seeking skills and to reduce the number of deaths by suicide.
We provide training to agencies, civic groups, educators, parents, or anyone else who is interested in being made aware of the signs of depression and suicide for any age group.
If you are interested in training, please contact Mental Health America of Licking County at 740-522-1341 or by email at
Feeling hopeless, helpless or powerless? You are not alone!
Please call or contact one of the following for help:
In Licking County:
2-1-1, or 740-345-HELP (4357)
The Trevor Project:
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention:
Be aware of possible warning signs of suicide:
- Talking about suicide, death, dying, or the afterlife.
- Feeling sad, bored, hopeless, or depressed.
- Making verbal threats such as, “You’d be better off without me,” “I won’t be a problem for you much longer,” or “Maybe I won’t be around.”
- Change in personality, such as becoming suddenly cheerful after a period of depression.
- Showing little interest in the future.
- Making major changes in the looks or not taking care of him/herself (if usually neat, might look sloppy).
- Acting in rash, hostile ways; often expressing rage.
- Giving or throwing away favorite belongings.