March 15, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Shawnee State University Kicks-off Depression Awareness Month
A kick-off event for Depression Awareness Month is planned
at Shawnee State University from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on
Wednesday, March 31 in the University Center Jazzman’s Café
Givens, executive director of the Ohio Suicide Prevention
Foundation will be guest speaker.
recognized as having one of the largest statewide grass
roots suicide prevention infrastructures in the nation,”
Givens said. “OSPF is proud of the network of 73 county
coalitions and anticipates five coalitions will develop in
· Suicides kill an average of 1,300 Ohioans each year with
about three deaths per day.
· For every homicide in Ohio, there are two suicides.
· Suicide is the 11th ranking cause of death for all ages
and the second leading cause of death for people ages 15 to
· Males take their own lives at nearly four times the rate
of females and represent 79 percent of Ohio suicides.
more suicides in the month of April than any other time of
the year,” said Linda Koenig, counselor, SSU’s Office of
Counseling and Psychological Services. “So, we wanted to
kick off the month with a suicide prevention program.”
screenings provided by the SSU’s Counseling and
Psychological Services will be available during the event.
The Scioto County Suicide Prevention Foundation will provide
The event is
free and open to the public, sponsored by SSU’s Women’s
Center and SCSPF.