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If you are in a crisis and need help right away - CALL THIS TOLL FREE NUMBER

                                 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Available 24 hours a day

In Knox County Ohio we are working to prevent suicides. The Knox County Suicide Prevention Coalition (KCSPC) members meet the second Thursday of the month, at 9:00 a.m. at the Mount Vernon Fire Department.

Upcoming events facilitated by the KCSPC are:

An annual  5-K Walk/Run Event  - September during National Suicide Prevention Week

Many thanks to our 2018 Walk/Run  KNOX  COUNTY SPONSORS-

  • ABSOLUTE LOVE LEARNING CENTER
  • ARIEL FOUNDATION
  • MENTAL HEALTH & RECOVERY LICKING/KNOX COUNTIES
  • DEAN'S JEWELRY
  • HEARTLAND PRODUCTS
  • CES CREDIT UNION
  • FIRST KNOX NATIONAL BANK
  • KNOX COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
  • NAMI KNOX LICKING COUNTY OHIO

Learn the common warning signs. Learn what to say and do  -- always take suicide threats seriously, be direct, open and honest in communications.
WE ALL HAVE A ROLL TO PLAY IN PREVENTING SUICIDE -TOGETHER WE CAN SAVE LIVES

Learn the common warning signs. Learn what to say and do  -- always take suicide threats seriously, be direct, open and honest in communications.
WE ALL HAVE A ROLL TO PLAY IN PREVENTING SUICIDE -TOGETHER WE CAN SAVE LIVES

REACH OUT - INSPIRE HOPE - SAVE A LIFE!
DIAL 211 IF YOU NEED HELP
OR 1-800-273-8255 (TALK


CIT: In Knox County, our police and sheriff departments and others have personnel that are trained in Crisis Intervention. CIT  is designed to educate and prepare police officers who come in contact with individuals who are dealing with mental illness episodes and they have been trained to be keenly aware of the divergent issues facing these individuals on the street, homes and in their communities. These officers are trained to respond to 9-1-1 calls. If you feel intervention is needed ask for a CIT trained officer to be dispatched when in a crisis situation.

DID YOU KNOW, The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has resources available for any community member, coalition leader, or organization interested in suicide prevention? If you haven't visited www.sprc.org, do so now!

 
DIAL 911 IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS or go to THE  nearest EMERGENCY center.

REACH OUT -- YOU ARE NOT ALONE -- THERE IS HELP AND THERE IS HOPE

Go to www.nami.org for more information about suicide prevention and help.

LET'S STOP THESE STATISTICS - in Knox County our First Responders (Sheriff Deputies and Mount Vernon Police) respond to calls surrounding suicide attempts or threats. On the average each department is called out 11 times per month in an attempt to save lives. Our final official account in Knox County of deaths by suicide is not yet available. Our unofficial account is that we have lost eight lives to death by suicide - eight families -- all whose lives the deceased had touched -- were left to mourn and grieve these losses.


The Knox County Suicide Coalition offers a grief support group that meets once a month, second Thursday, 5:30 p.m., at Hospice of Knox County. Call Kathy Wantland at Hospice for more information or to enroll (740-397-5188)

KNOX COUNTY SUICIDE HOTLINE NUMBER -             1-800-252- 5554

KNOX COUNTY  COALITION CONTACT: Dodie Melvin, NAMI Knox Licking County- 740-397-3088

KNOX COUNTY LOSS TEAM CONTACT: Kathy Wantland, Hospice of Knox County, 740-397-5188

KNOX COUNTY SUICIDE PREVENTION MAILING ADDRESS: % NAMI KLCO, 15 E. VINE STREET, MOUNT VERNON, OH 43050

E-MAIL: namiklcohio@embarqmail.com