The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio (NAMI Ohio) and the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) are happy to announce that they have entered into a management agreement.

Beginning July 1, 2018, OSPF will be under the fiscal and administrative management of NAMI Ohio and OSPF staff will relocate to the NAMI Ohio offices at 1225 Dublin Road, Suite 125, Columbus, Ohio. This new management will allow OSPF programs to expand while staff can focus on outcomes and community involvement.

Sandy Williams the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation Board Chair states, “NAMI Ohio is recognized around the state as one of the strongest and most stable non-profit organizations and has a track record of strong management for the past 40 years.”

This new partnership allows for the opportunity to expand those efforts and allow OSPF to direct all of their energy to focusing on ending the epidemic of suicide in Ohio. NAMI Ohio will continue to focus on suicide prevention as part of our educational programs and awareness activities.

Terry Russell, Executive Director of NAMI Ohio, feels strongly that the mission of NAMI Ohio encompasses suicide prevention. This partnership will allow the board and staff of OSPF to focus their energy on developing programs and improving outcomes. They will be able to do this without the concern of day-to-day operations and the administrative activities that must take place to maintain a stable organization.

Williams went on to say, “anytime you can expand actual services without increasing administrative costs is a win-win situation. The board of the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation is excited about this new partnership with NAMI Ohio and thankful for the opportunity to expand our outreach. “

Jack Sherman, President of the NAMI Ohio Board of Directors, believes that this agreement will ultimately help increase the number of suicide prevention programs available throughout Ohio.

Both the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation Board of Directors and the NAMI Ohio Board of Directors are inclusive of family members, those living with mental illness and survivors of suicide.

NAMI Ohio and the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation are supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

For more information on this new partnership contact, Terry Russell at 614-224-2700 or terry@namiohio.org