Mental Health Resources & Suicide Prevention

Safe Space Dublin

Safe Spaces are safe havens for people who have experienced hate crimes, threats or intimidation, or for people in personal crisis. Find out More.

Drug Abuse Prevention 

The City of Dublin and Dublin Police are committed to working to end the opiate crisis in Central Ohio and around the nation. Find out More.

Locks Save Lives

The Dublin Police has partnered with Columbus Public Health to distribute lock boxes to help limit access to lethal means in homes.

Limiting access to lethal means, such as firearms and medications, is an effective way to save the life of someone who is experiencing a suicidal crisis.

Call the Dublin Police’s non-emergency number: 1.614.889.1112 to ask for a lock box.

Follow these steps to help keep young people safe:

Connect Right Away

If your child or teen makes statements about death, dying, self-harm, harming another or makes an attempt to end their life or another person’s life, listen and take ALL comments and attempts seriously and use these resources.

  • Call 911 for immediate medical or safety
  • Visit the nearest emergency room
  • Netcare Access for Crisis Assistance: 614.276.2273
  • Franklin County Suicide Prevention line: 614.221.5445
  • Franklin County Youth Psychiatric Crisis Line: 614.722.1800
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255

 

Closely Supervise Your Child

Provide close supervision of your child or teenager.

  • Observe and pay attention to any changes in mood and behavior
  • Keep bedroom doors open
  • Do not allow your child alone in any room without the door open
  • Do not allow your child to visit other homes unless there is close adult supervision
  • Talk with your child’s school or workplace to discuss supervision and safety needs
  • Frequently check in on your child and let them know you are available to listen when ready

 

Safety-Proof Your Home

Reducing or limiting access to lethal means, such as firearms and medications, can determine whether a child or teen at risk for suicide lives or dies.

  • It is very important that all knives, firearms and ammunition be removed from the home. If that is not possible, lock these items and store ammunition in a separate place from the firearm.
  • Search your house and your child’s room for any items that could be harmful (sharp objects, cleaning supplies, alcohol, belts, power tools, etc.).
  • Secure or remove ALL medications (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, vitamins, supplements, etc.).
    • “Out of Reach” is not enough in this situation; these items must not be accessible. It is possible that these items may need to be removed from the home for an extended period of time. A safety lock or lock box is recommended for all medication in the home.
  • Be conscious of other potentially harmful items in the home such as plastic bags, belts and cords of any kind (electric cords, window blind cords, etc.).
  • Do not allow your child to have access to a car without adult supervision. Take a teen’s keys until necessary.

Suicide Prevention Resource Guide

The City of Dublin and Dublin Police are proud to partner with local mental health providers to ensure Dubliners know who to talk to in a crisis. This digital Suicide Prevention Resource Guide connects you with local and regional organizations focused on providing mental health support to everyone in our community.

How to Speak with Someone about Suicide Prevention

The biggest myth about suicide is that if you talk with someone about suicide, it will put the idea in their head. It has the opposite effect, because candidly addressing suicide can make people realize that if they can talk about it, then maybe there’s another way to deal with the concerns they are having.

If someone is talking about suicide,

  • Make sure they know they are not alone.
    • Say something, such as, “This is really important, and I want to make sure you have the support you deserve. Can I go with you to talk to someone?”
  • Don’t offer to keep someone’s suicidal thoughts a secret.
  • If you have a concern about a person’s safety but don’t know how to talk to them directly, reach out to someone else.

Mindfulness — Being mindful goes a long way. Working to center yourself can help create good coping skills before you’re in crisis. Encourage yourself or someone who has had suicidal ideation to have a conversation about life when things are going well in order to build those skills.

What To Ask Someone Talking about Suicide 

  • If you are in crisis, call 911 to contact the Dublin Police
  • Call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8225
    • The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources
  • If you can’t call, text the Crisis Text Line: 741741
    • Connect with a crisis counselor 24/7 for free

Reducing Stigma in Dublin

Practice saying the words: “Are you thinking about suicide?”

  • It’s not a comfortable thing to say, but it’s important to prepare yourself to be in the position to help others when necessary.

Sign the Dublin Suicide Prevention Pledge to commit to

  • Talk openly with others about mental health and suicide
  • Tell someone if I’m struggling and need help
  • Know the suicide warning signs in others
  • Keep learning about mental health issues
  • Fight to end the stigma around mental health conversations

Youth Suicide Prevention Resources — Locks Save Lives

The Dublin Police has partnered with Columbus Public Health to distribute lock boxes to help limit access to lethal means in homes. Limiting access to lethal means, such as firearms and medications, is an effective way to save the life of someone who is experiencing a suicidal crisis.

Read more.

Local Support Groups and Health Providers

Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County

ADAMH helps Franklin County residents find the right places to turn for affordable, quality alcohol, substance use disorder and mental health services. These services are provided by more than 35 not-for-profit contract agencies located in neighborhoods throughout the county.

Visit the website

Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition

The Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition (FCSPC) aims to increase communication, coordination, and collaboration efforts in Franklin County to prevent suicide and bring hope and support to those affected by suicide. The coalition bridges organizations together with the end goal of enhancing the overall success of collective suicide prevention efforts. These efforts include decreasing stigma, increasing awareness of available support, and coordinating suicide prevention training.

The FCSPC offers support to local businesses and organization with implementing the National Guidelines for Workplace Suicide Prevention. The FCSPC is hosted by Mental Health America of Ohio and funded by the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County.

Visit the website

LOSS Community Services

LOSS Community Services is made up of both staff and a large number of volunteers, many of whom are survivors of a suicide loss. LOSS exists to offer hope to the bereaved, empowering them so they can thrive. LOSS provides resources, support and understanding immediately after a suicide loss and for the months and years that follow. LOSS also facilitates evidence-based suicide prevention training sessions.

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Mental Health America of Ohio

Mental Health America of Ohio (MHAOhio) is an affiliate of Mental Health America, the country’s leading organization dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. MHAOhio supports the Central Ohio community by guiding people to mental health services that may not otherwise be accessible. MHAOhio believes in inclusivity and works with all people and their families through each step on the path to wellness, from making initial referrals, to providing free mental health services, to helping maintain stability and productivity once they are achieved.

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Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) is a not-for-profit organization that works to bring about changes in attitudes and perceptions surrounding suicide and its relationship to mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse, and other issues. OSPF supports community-based efforts that reduce stigma, promote education and increase awareness, resources and programs that lessen the risk of suicide. Resources available to businesses and organizations include mental health campaign materials and evidence-based training sessions.

Visit the website

Workplace Suicide Prevention

Workplace Suicide Prevention provides support with implementing the National Guidelines for Workplace Suicide Prevention. Businesses and organizations can receive support by pledging to take action and joining the national community of practice focused on workplace suicide prevention.

Visit the website

Sign the Dublin Suicide Prevention Pledge

Mission Statement

Dublin Police Department employees are committed to protecting life, liberty and property. We will provide the highest level of service and work in partnership with our community to ensure public safety by focusing on the following core principles;

  • Vigilant, Ethical and Impartial Enforcement of Law
  • Critical Incident Preparedness and Response
  • Crime Prevention, Reduction and Deterrence
  • Improvement of Traffic Safety

We will remain dedicated to service and committed to excellence, focusing on the following core values:

Professionalism — We are members of an exceptional and highly trained law enforcement organization. Our conduct and demeanor adhere to the highest standards of personal and organizational excellence.

Integrity — We hold ourselves accountable to the highest level of honesty, truthfulness, and ethical conduct.

Respect — We ensure that all persons are treated with equality, dignity and courtesy.

CommitmentWe are dedicated to our profession, our community, our agency and our mission. 

2022 GOALS 

  • Enhance and demonstrate our ability to effectively address issues of significant community concern 
  • This goal has led to the creation of the Chief’s Advisory Committee, which meets with Chief of Police Justin Páez, as well as DPD executive staff, to provide valued advice, perspective, recommendations and feedback on significant community-police relations issues. The group includes community members in an open dialogue about policing practices. 
  • This goal focuses on the reduction of drug abuse in our community with programs such as the Dublin Drug Take Back. (Link to new page) 
  • The department has also been increasingly engaged in combating human trafficking in the Dublin community based on this goal. 

Standards

The Dublin Police Department has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)  since 1990. The department uses the CALEA process as a guide to ensure the overall quality of operations. The process helps the agency ensure that quality and comprehensive policies are in place, that appropriate reports are compiled to assist leadership in decision-making, and that regular quality checks are conducted on agency operations.  

Police continually use the standards provided by CALEA to enhance public safety services for the city. The accreditation process consists of three major categories: statistical and annual reporting, annual file review, and on-site assessment. 

The Dublin Police received its tenth reaccreditation in 2021. There are 460 standards in law enforcement accreditation, and the Dublin Police Department is compliant with 99% of the applicable standards. On-site compliance accreditation occurs every four years. 

There is also an annual review of the department’s CALEA standards by a CALEA Compliance Service Member, including a portion where the community can participate. 

The Dublin Police Department consists of multiple work units that are focused on dedicated service and commitment to protecting life, liberty and property. 

Patrol (District Officers) 

Police officers are assigned to different zones throughout the Dublin community to ensure safety coverage by an officer. 

Community Education Unit  

This section of the police department aims to educate the public and offer protection inside the Dublin City Schools buildings.  

School Resource Officers 

School Resource Officers, or SROs, work to bridge the gap between police officers and students, helping to 

  • increase positive attitudes toward law enforcement, 
  • encourage more cooperation between students and police, 
  • reduce juvenile crime, 
  • and develop an atmosphere conducive to learning.  

Community Impact Unit  

 Bicycle Patrol 

 Detective Unit 

 Drone Unit 

 Support Services  

 Special Event Security 

Training is a major component of the Dublin Police Department. With a focus on properly educating and preparing officers through the Columbus Police Academy and DPD’s Field Training and Evaluation Program, officers also receive annual, biannual and other ongoing training.

Response to Resistance Training 

Officers are required to review the response to resistance policies (LINK TO new RTR page) annually in conjunction with Spring Defensive Tactics training. This covers de-escalation practices, appropriate response techniques to resistance, scenario-based training and appropriate decision-making. 

Advanced Training 

Accreditation Update 

All staff receive a review of  CALEA accreditation and the accompanying processes in preparation for the CALEA on-site assessment. 

 

The Dublin Police Department (DPD) prides itself on the processes in place that review police officers, their actions and the internal affairs in order to hold the agency accountable to the public.

The Dublin Police Department (DPD) prides itself on the processes in place that review police officers, their actions and the internal affairs in order to hold the agency accountable to the public.

Public Records Request Overview

In order to support faster response and better tracking of requests, the City of Dublin uses JustFOIA to collect, respond to and manage public information requests.

Why JustFOIA?

JustFOIA is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) online application that helps streamline the open records request process for the community and improve efficiencies in getting requested information quickly and accurately.

The application lets community members submit requests for all city records, including police reports. Commonly requested information includes accident reports, copies of resolutions and body-camera video.

Submit a Public Records Request

Justice Center
6565 Commerce Parkway

Hours: Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ticket Window: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Emergency
Phone: 911

Administrative (Housewatch | Copies of Reports)
Phone: 614.410.4800 | Fax: 614.761.6535

Non-Emergency Service (Lockouts | Accidents)
Phone: 614.889.1112 | Fax: 614.761.6535

Anonymous Tip Line (24-hour tip line)
Phone: 614.889.2618

Court Services
Phone: 614.410.4920 | Fax: 614.761.6598

Criminal Justice Officer
Phone: 614.410.4910 | Fax: 614.453.8749

Records Management
Phone: 614.410.4913 | Fax 614.761.6598

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