House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today emphasized the importance of recognizing September as Suicide Prevention Month, urging Ohioans and communities around the state to raise awareness during Suicide Prevention Week (September 8 - September 14).

“We remember the loved ones that have been lost to suicide during this month and hope for a day when no person believes suicide is an option. To those who are feeling hopeless or empty: you are not alone,” said Leader Sykes. “Understanding the risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide is vital for prevention. Immediate care is highly necessary, but we all can play a part in prevention.”

Suicide Prevention Month is recognized annually to inform and engage health professionals and the general public about suicide prevention and warning signs of suicide.

“We can all agree that addressing mental health as a part of wellness is a key component of addressing this issue, and I am hopeful that we continue to prioritize the needs of Ohioans who need support,” added Sykes.

To learn more about Ohio’s efforts to prevent suicide and to find more resources, visit the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline and National Alliance on Mental Illness Ohio.

Featured Posts

Ohio House Dems Announce $310 Million In Federal Funds For Pandemic Response, Childcare And Elections


House Democrats today announced $310 million in federal funds to support Ohio’s frontline workers, bolster the state’s publicly funded childcare programs, and help the state prepare for the November election, which will likely be held during the worst global pandemic in more than a century.


Leader Sykes Named To Minority Health Strike Force


Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) Monday was named to the Governor’s Minority Health Strike Force, which will bring together state and local officials, public health advocates and community leaders to address health disparities among Ohio minority communities that have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic.


Ohio House Democrats Announce $90 Million In Federal Funds To Support COVID-19 Response, Bolster Transportation


House Democratic lawmakers today announced the state Controlling Board met today to approve $90 million in federal funds to support the Ohio Department of Health’s ongoing pandemic response efforts as well as funds to aid rural transportation systems across the state. 


House Dems Urge President Trump To Approve Ohio's Request For Federal Aid To Fight Coronavirus


Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today sent a letter to President Trump on behalf of the Ohio House Democrats urging him to approve Ohio’s Major Disaster Declaration request, which would deploy Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds to aid the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.