The SERA (Suicide, Education, Research and Advocacy) Collaboration is dedicated to engaging, organizing, and working with the community to increase knowledge, resources, and support structures so all are able to have access to the best postvention programs. The full SERA position paper written by Dr. Michael Sorter, Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital can be viewed here.

SERA’s efforts are focused on providing programming to help support survivors and prevent suicide contagion.

  1. Identify and promote evidence based suicide prevention and postvention programs
  2. Develop resource infrastructure to respond to postvention needs
  3. Engage community leaders to raise awareness of these important issues
  4. Establish advocacy in the school and school leadership to provide the resources of time and effort to engage in prevention and postvention programs

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Great News! The Federal Communications Commission adopted rules to establish 988 as the new, nationwide, 3-digit phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors. The rules require all phone service providers to direct all 988 calls to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)
Crisis Support

For mental health a crisis or emergencies, patients and families are encouraged to contact their current mental health provider first.   This allows the mental health provider, who knows your child best, to provide support and direction.

If your child does not have a mental health provider, and they are experiencing a non-life threatening mental health crisis, you are encouraged to contact the Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC) at CCHMC 513.636.4124.  The PIRC staff will help you to decide the most effective level of intervention for your child’s mental health crisis – which may include an urgent psychiatric assessment in the PIRC Bridge Clinic.

You should call 911 or go to the emergency department if you are experiencing a medical emergency, a life-threatening mental health crisis, or are directed to go there by a medical provider. This will help limit the spread of the virus in our community and allow our emergency departments to care for patients with the most critical needs first.

Crisis Support by Agency
This listing is the emergency and acute services contacts for providers who are already providing treatment to your child.

The Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC), located within Cincinnati Children’s, is the admission and evaluation center for all psychiatric services.

Urgent Care, Best Point Behavioral Health by The Children’s Home
For children, teens and young adults up to age 21, the urgent care helps those who need immediate social or emotional care not rising to the level of going to the hospital.
Monday-Friday 3:00pm to 10:00pm

Lighthouse Crisis Center
The Youth Crisis Center provides a safe haven for youth ages 10-17 who are physically or sexually abused, neglected, or for some other reason believe they can’t safely be in their own homes.

Drug and Poison
The Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is a 24-hour emergency and information telephone service for anyone with concerns about poison or drugs.

County Crisis Hotlines

Butler County Crisis Hotline
A 24-hour crisis hotline and heroin hopeline.  Service also coordinated with the butler county mobile crisis team.

Clermont County Crisis Hotline
513-528-SAVE (7283)
This is a free and confidential hotline available 24/7.  This is also the same number for the Mobile Crisis Team in Clermont County.

Hamilton County – 281-CARE
Call 513-281-CARE (2273) or text 4Hope to 839863 for help
Emergency phone lines are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering crisis intervention, information, and referral services.

Northern Kentucky Crisis Hotline
859-331-3292 or 877-331-3292
A 24/7 crisis hotline for residents of the 8 northern counties in Kentucky.

Warren and Clinton Counties Hotline
877-695-NEED (6333)
A 24-hour crisis hotline servicing both Warren and Clinton Counties.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741
888-628-9454 for Spanish

Mobile Crisis Teams

Butler County Mobile Crisis

Butler, Clinton, Preble and Warren County Mobile Response Stabilization Services (ages 0-21)

Clermont County Mobile Crisis

Hamilton County Mobile Crisis

Grief Support

Companions on a Journey- Grief Support
Offers support to anyone who has suffered the death of a loved one

Fernside- Supporting Children and Families Through Grief
Offers groups for children and teens ages 3-18, who are grieving the death of a family member or friend.

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