Suicide Prevention

Last Updated: 11/15/2021 4:39 PM

Ohio HB-502  "Each board shall incorporate training in youth suicide awareness and prevention into the in-service training required by division (A) of this section for each person employed by a school district or service center to work in a school as a nurse, teacher, counselor, school psychologist, or administrator, and any other personnel that the board determines appropriate. The board shall require each such person to undergo training in youth suicide awareness and prevention programs once every two years." 


QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. This 1½ hour Gatekeeper course is available virtually or in person.  To learn more about QPR, visit Practical and Proven Suicide Prevention Training.  If interested in FREE QPR training for you or your school, contact Patti Fetzer.


Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) has training available through Mental Health First Aid – Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery OR your local school district can learn more about hosting a virtual or in person training(s) for up to 30 people at no cost through Miami University/Mental Health America using the following links: MHFA Collaborative Registration Form MHFA Collaborative meeting scheduler Contact Patti Fetzer for more information.


Kognito Training:   Kognito training is online, self-paced, and features interactive lessons on recognizing the warning signs of student distress in elementary, middle, and high school students. School staff use avatars and simulations to practice recognizing behaviors which are signs of distress and having important conversations with youth across the K-12 age-span. These simulations are evidence based and approved to support Ohio HB-502

Click the following links if interested in learning more or to promote this training opportunity to Educators and

5 Things Educators Should Know When Talking About Suicide.


Stark County Mobile Response Team: The Mobile Response Team of professionals trained in crisis intervention, information and referral will provide behavioral health services wherever you are, home, school or community, anytime of day or night at 330-452-6000.  For more information and promotional materials click  Mobile Response.


Crisis Text Line Text 4Hope 741-741 Free promotional materials for displaying on your school/district communication vehicles (flyers, social media posts, videos) that are downloadable at Crisis Text Line.  Contact Patti Fetzer at 330-492-8136 x 6912 if you have interest in additional Crisis Text Line marketing materials such as magnets, pens, etc.


Suicide Prevention Materials and Resources:  Click Suicide Prevention for materials and resources to share with schools, students, families.


Suicide Prevention Coalition:  Learn more about the Suicide Prevention Coalition or contact Elena Aslanides-Kandis at 330-455-6644Students and school representatives are WELCOME to join us!

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