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.
- Identify and promote evidence based suicide prevention and postvention programs
- Develop resource infrastructure to respond to postvention needs
- Engage community leaders to raise awareness of these important issues
- Establish advocacy in the school and school leadership to provide the resources of time and effort to engage in prevention and postvention programs
- Communicating with Parents and Guardians After a Suicide
- Protocol for Responding to a Suicide During COVID-19
- Telehealth and Suicide Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Treating Suicidal Patients During COVID-19: Best Practices and Telehealth
- Responding to Death in the COVID-19 Context: Guidelines for Administrators and Crisis Teams
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.
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
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
A 24-hour crisis hotline servicing both Warren and Clinton Counties.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741
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
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.
- National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide
- Media Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide
- MAP, Talking About Suicide and LGBT Populations
- Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents & Educators
- Program Recommendations
- Signs of Suicidal Ideation
- Suicide Prevention in College
- Find a QPR Institute Trainer in the area: Ohio QPR Instructors 2.7.19
- Resources provided by 13 Reasons Why
- “13 Reasons Why” Netflix Series: Considerations for Parents and Educators
- Talking Points
- A discussion about the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” and the steps local schools and mental health workers are taking to better inform families. Listen to the podcast here»
- “13 Reason Why” Sparks Suicide Conversation
- 5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After “13 Reasons Why”
- “13 Reasons Why” Toolkit
- Wake County Public School System response
- Release of “13 Reasons Why” Associated with Increase in Youth Suicide Rates
- Sample Crisis Plans
- Readiness Survey for Schools-Is Your School Prepared to Manage Suicidal Behavior?
- Responding to a Crisis, A Checklist for Schools
- Helping Grieving Students
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- Parental Control & Screen Time Monitoring
- Teacher Script for Providing Crisis Contact Information