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Jim Tressel Teams With Ohio Lawmaker To Talk Suicide Prevention Efforts

Marlene Anielski
Youngstown State president Jim Tressel joined with state rep. Marlene Anielski to discuss suicide prevention efforts.

Ohio State's former football coach Jim Tressel is among those who are talking about suicide and what the state is doing to prevent it. 

Republican State Rep. Marlene Anielski says one Ohioan dies from suicide every five hours. She says it’s the leading cause of death for 10-14 year olds and the second leading cause of death for 15-35 year olds in Ohio.

Tressel, now the president of Youngstown State University, says college students who need help can find it on campuses statewide.

“There is help available and there is hope if you’ll just reach out for it,” Tressel says.

Anielski’s own son died of suicide at the age of 18. She says more needs to be done to break down stigmas that often deter suicidal people from getting help.

Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is November 18.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.