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.

Crisis Support

For a mental health crisis or emergency,  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 you are unable to reach your mental health provider or your child does not have a mental health provider and your child is struggling or in crisis, help is also available through the suicide or crisis hotline.  Please call or text 988 or chat

You may also choose to contact the Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC) at Cincinnati Children’s by calling 513.636.4124.  During office hours, a licensed clinician will be able to discuss with you your concerns and provide options of intervention.   If calling after hours, you will be prompted to page the PIRC clinician. You will be asked to leave your name, contact number and the child’s name and date of birth you are calling about.  A PIRC clinician will return your call within one hour. 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.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, a life-threatening mental health crisis, you should call 911 or go to the emergency department.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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
513-527-3040, 5051 Duck Creek Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45227
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 *closed for holiday break December 25, 2023 – January 1, 2024

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.

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.