Parenting Tips

Featured Tip - Preventing Youth Suicide 

As youth develop, they face challenges and stressful situations that may lead to mental health crises. Teenagers, especially need the support and guidance of adults to help them recognize and address problems that occur and prevent tragedies. It’s not only important to provide youth with resources for addressing mental health issues, but also limit their access to lethal means, when crisis situations arise. FCCS is partnering with Columbus Public Health (CPH) along with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to increase awareness and promote limiting access to lethal means. Through their Locks Save Lives campaign, CPH stresses the importance of safeguarding guns, medication and alcohol, especially if there are concerns about suicide. Those who may not be able to afford lockboxes, may receive one by sending an email to  Also, The City of Columbus has partnered with Columbus Fire to offer free gun locks. These gun locks are available to any Columbus resident, no questions asked, at all Columbus fire stations between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

If you suspect a youth is thinking about ending their life, get help! Call the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Line at (614) 221-5445 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you need help immediately, dial 911. 

Additional resources include:

24-Hour Teen Suicide Hotline -  (614) 294-3300

Franklin County Youth Psychiatric Crisis Line:

Call (614) 722-1800 for youth and adolescents ages 17 and under

Teen Crisis Line - Text “4hope” to 741-741

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