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.


Community Programs

Crisis Intervention Team Training
CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) programs are local initiatives designed to improve how law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises. They are built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies, and individuals and families affected by mental illness.
Contact: Jessica Schmitt, Executive Director, NAMI Wood County, at (419) 352-0626

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 crisis and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.                             
Contact: Jessica Schmitt, Executive Director, NAMI Wood County, at (419) 352-0626

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

Wood County Committee on Aging Programs (60+)                                                                                                                                                                        Provides older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives. 
Contact the Wood County Committee on Aging at (419) 353-5661 or 1 (800) 367-4935

Wood County Educational Service Center Programs
                                     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.                                                                             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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     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.       

                                     Contact (419) 354-9010