If you or someone you know may be having thoughts of suicide, there are resources available to help.

Common Warning Signs

  • Giving away important items
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Expressing feelings of hopelessness
  • Social withdrawal
  • Talking or writing about death/dying
  • Talking about ending it
  • A decline in performance with work, school, and or activities
  • Expressing feelings of depression and or anxious mood
  • Feeling trapped
  • A change in personality

Risk Factors

Risk factors may increase the chance that a person may try to take their life. Examples include:

  • A diagnosis such as depression, anxiety, bipolar
  • Serious or Chronic health condition
  • Stressful life event
  • Ongoing stressors (relationship problems, finances, etc.)
  • Previous suicide attempts

What can you do?

  • Take threats seriously
  • Listen, you can say things like “I’m here for you, “tell me how your feeling”.
  • Stay calm
  • Ask, “are you having suicidal thoughts?” having a plan increases the risk
  • Be supportive
  • If possible do not leave the person alone, connect with professional help, family and or supports that the person identified

Campus Resources
Zane State College and Ohio University Zanesville provide free on-campus counseling to students. Heather Merry, is a licensed counselor for the State of Ohio. She can be reached in many ways that are convenient for you
Student Life Assistance: 24/7 live, immediate Assistance: 866-780-0855
Alcohol & Drug Services of Guernsey County
927 Wheeling Avenue Suite 310 Cambridge, OH

Allwell Behavioral Health Services-Guernsey County
2500 John Glenn Highway Cambridge, OH

Allwell Behavioral Health Services-Muskingum County
2845 Bell Street Zanesville, OH
Hearing Impaired-TDD 740.455.4142 or 800.432.4142

2572 Maple Avenue
Zanesville, OH 43701

Coshocton Behavioral Health Choices
610 Walnut Street Coshocton, OH

Muskingum Behavioral Health
601 Underwood Street Zanesville, OH

Noble Behavioral Health Choices
48 Olive Street Caldwell, OH

Crises Hotline: 740.344.5818 (serving Muskingum, Guernsey, Noble, Perry, Coshocton, Morgan counties)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 
Jed Foundation: www.jedfoundation.org
National Institute of Mental Health: www.nimh.nih.gov
Suicide Prevention Resource Center: www.sprc.org