Suicide Info

Together with Dr. Paul Granello (also at The Ohio State University),  I conduct workshops and training on suicide prevention, assessment, and intervention as well as strategies for schools to develop comprehensive school-based suicide prevention programs.

In 2006, OSU was awarded funding by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the development of a campus-wide suicide prevention plan ($225,000). In 2009, I was awarded funding for another three years for the project ($300,000> I served as principal investigator for that project.

Today, I am Director of the OSU Suicide Prevention Program (OSUSPP).

The OSU Suicide Prevention Program (OSUSPP) has been in existence since 2006 and is generally recognized as the largest campus suicide prevention program in the country. It comprises a stand-alone office that is staffed by 1.15 FTE professional staff, 1 full time education coordinator, 5 Graduate Associates, and Federal Work Study students. There is broad support for the work of the OSUSPP, with more than 200 campus partners, including regional campus partners, volunteer staff, faculty, and student trainers, and community partners who work closely with the OSUSPP and provide programming, education, and outreach. Four campus partners and one community partner also provide major funding.

The OSUSPP is part of the Ohio State University commitment to a Campus Culture of Care and works within a continuum of support for the mental health needs of the university community. In 2013, OSU was one of 30 universities awarded the inaugural JED Campus Seal, given to recognize universities that exhibit comprehensive mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming. That university-wide commitment continues, and OSUSPP provides the Universal (tier 1) Suicide Prevention Programming in this Public Health approach.

The Program Pillars. The OSUSPP engages in Suicide Prevention for the OSU campus using a model with 10 pillars: seven are the core programs and services; three are the structural supports. The Program and Services Pillars are: (1) Advocacy; (2) Education; (3) Policy; (4) Marketing; (5) Screening; (6) Opportunities; and (7) Leadership. The Structural Pillars are: (8) Infrastructure; (9) Students; and (10) Partnerships.

Paul was the Chief Science Officer and co-founder of The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation.  In addition, he has received $1.2 million in funding from SAMHSA to do suicide prevention in Ohio schools. His screening project offered mental health screening to more than 30,000 middle and high school students in Ohio.


  • Together, we conduct trainings around suicide prevention, assessment, and intervention for:
    • Mental Health Clinicians
      • Including how to do clinical assessments and interventions with suicidal clients
    • School-based Mental Health Specialists/Teachers/Parents
      • Including how to establish a comprehensive school-based suicide prevention program
    • Medical Professionals & Staff
      • Including how to help identify at-risk colleagues and help establish a culture of care within the medical field
    • Law Enforcement/Emergency Personnel
      • Including how to help identify at-risk colleagues and help establish a culture of care within the workplace
    • Community Members/Religious & Civic Organizations
      • Including strategies to recognize risk and warning signs and help suicidal individuals access mental healthcare


We conduct two hour, three hour, and six hour trainings on suicide.

Click here for a sample outline for a three hour training (pdf)
Click here for Sample Topics for 6 hour Suicide Training in Prevention Assessment Intervention  (pdf)


If you don’t see what you are looking for, please contact me so we can develop an individualized training program that will fit your needs.