How We Help

The Wood County Suicide Prevention Coalition has many goals that we accomplish to help bring awareness to our community.

We develop comprehensive ongoing public health campaign to raise awareness of the problems of depression and suicide. We also convey that suicide is largely preventable and depression is treatable. The WCSP wants to decrease the stigma as a barrier for seeking treatment and encourage treatment for depression and suicide risk.

We want to enhance the community’s ability to recognize depression and suicide risk, intervene with at-risk individuals, make appropriate referrals and provide evidence-based treatments.

Our accomplishments:

  • Out of the Darkness Walks
  • Regional Suicide Prevention Conference
  • Evening of Hope & Remembrance held annually

Community Programs

Saving Lives
Program for teens, youth, teachers & parents about depression and suicide. 
Contact Ann Huss at Children’s Resource Center (CRC) (419) 352-7588.

SOS (Signs of Suicide) Prevention Program
School-based curriculum for both high school and middle school students involving education and screening. 
Contact Ann Huss at Children’s Resource Center (CRC) (419) 352-7588.

Healthy IDEAS (Identifying Depression, Empowering Activities for Seniors)
Provides depression screening, education, linkage & empowerment to older adults (60 years of age and over).
For this program, contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (419) 353-5661 or 1 (800) 367-4935.

Mental Health First Aid
Teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.
If you're interested in setting up a group to be taught please contact: Jessica Schmitt, Executive Director, NAMI Wood County at (419) 352-0626

Wood County Educational Service Center Programs
(419) 354-9010

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.
For more information (419) 354-9010 or

OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program
This program is focused on long-term change that creates a safe and positive school climate. The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school.

Expect Respect
This prevention program is designed to raise awareness of dating violence, teach skills for health relationships, and develop youth leadership and increase safety and respect on school campuses.

PAX Good Behavior Game
Teaches students self-regulation, self-control, and self-management in context of collaborating with others for peace, productivity, health and happiness.

To a depressed person, painful feelings often seem as if they’ll last forever. But a little time, and professional intervention, can make a dramatic difference. Hopelessness can lift and life can be good again. You can say this to the hurting person with confidence, because it’s true. It has happened for countless others who are now glad they’re alive.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline