According to the American Association of Suicidology, suicide ranked as the third leading cause of death for young people (ages 15-19 and 15-24.) While suicides accounted for 1.4% of all deaths in the U.S. annually, they comprised 12.2% of all deaths among 15-24-year-olds. We have a program for schools called Lifelines that is an evidence based suicide prevention program facilitated by our agency, PVFF.


Lifelines educates students on the facts about suicide and students' role in suicide prevention. It provides information on where to find suicide prevention resources in the school and community. Training materials are included for faculty and staff that provide accurate and practical information on identifying and referring students who might be at risk for suicide.


Recently a town hall meeting was held in Lima. U.S. Senator Rob Portman spoke about the legislation he supported that will put $180 million into efforts to help people suffering from addiction. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) focuses on long-term treatment and supports which have been proven to be successful across the country. Lima UMADAOP was acknowledged for their work in the community helping those with substance use disorders. Four persons who have received treatment and support services from UMADAOP spoke about their journeys and what helped them sustain their recovery. All four people in recovery noted that short-term detox services are not enough to recover. Long-term care with counseling, coaching, medication, and sober living are all vital components that assist with recovery.


Helping fight drug addiction and helping people recover is one of Portman’s biggest concerns. “This is not a political issue, it’s nonpartisan,” Portman said.


Overdoses by any type of drug, including alcohol, for the past six years were: Allen County 73, Auglaize County 25, and Hardin County 32. Drug overdose deaths in Ohio increased from 2,531 in 2014 to 3,050 in 2015.


Meet Casey! Casey Simon is the Prevention Marketing Specialist for PVFF. Casey now resides in Delphos, though a transplant from Ada, graduating from Ada High School and Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. She has been putting that degree to use sharing valuable information on the We Care Partners services. Casey visits quarterly over 100 physicians, a multitude of social service agencies, churches, schools and law enforcement offices to keep them up-to-date on the local mental health and addiction service information for patient/client referral. Resource packets, tear off pads and posters were designed as leave-behinds for easy referral to care. In addition to her marketing responsibilities, Casey is the facilitator for the PAX at Home Program, a companion addition to the PAX Good Behavior Game utilized in most schools in the three-county service area, facilitates the Lifelines Suicide Prevention Program for middle and high schools and oversees the 12 support groups organized by PVFF. Say “Hi” when you see Casey out and about among Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties! 

If you are in crisis call 1-800-567-HOPE (4673) or text 741 741.

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