During the 131st General Assembly, the State of Ohio enacted House Bill 28, which required each state public institution of higher education to provide incoming students with information about mental health topics, including available depression and suicide prevention resources.
The statute requires each Ohio Institution of Higher Learning to develop methods and materials to help their campus populations access resources on the following topics:
- Crisis intervention – including national state and local hotlines
- Mental Health Programs – availability of local mental health services
- Multimedia Applications – including crisis hotline, suicide warnings, and resources offered, and free applications
- Student Communication – outreach plan for education and activities regarding suicide prevention
- Postvention – plan of how to communicate with students, staff and parents after a loss of a person to suicide
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services developed a website with a workgroup of professionals in evidence-based prevention programming to support Ohio's public colleges and universities in complying with this law. Find out more information on available resources by visiting SuicidePrevention.Ohio.gov.