Suicide Risk and Prevention

Growing up can be a challenging and isolating experience, but the good news is, you don’t have to do it alone. You have a community of supporters behind you to listen, ask questions and provide thoughtful guidance without judgment. No matter the adversity you might be facing, find the encouragement you need to move forward in a positive direction. Stark Help Central is a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for young people of all ages and backgrounds. Remember that you are not alone.

If you suspect someone you love is at risk, contact law enforcement, a national hotline or a mental health provider right away. Taking action could help prevent a tragedy and save a life. Reach out today for free, confidential guidance and support. Suicide is preventable, and we all play an important role. Learn how to identify the signs, start a dialogue and take action.

Help is available here in Stark County

There may be times when you feel down, frustrated, isolated or alone. Maybe you’re experiencing pain following a breakup, stress before a major test, problems at home or a fight with your best friend.

Be patient with yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for help. You can reach out to your friends, family, teachers, guidance counselors and other trusted adults. Or you can call a free and confidential hotline to discuss your concerns anonymously.

The resources available here in Stark County can help you to take control of your thoughts and feelings – reminding you that you’re never alone.

4KidHelp

Promoting family strength and resiliency throughout Stark County:
  • Psychiatry services
  • Medication management
4368 Dressler Rd. NW
Canton, OH 44718
Phone: (330) 433-1300

Aria LG Counseling and Wellness Center

Licensed counseling services for North Canton women and families.
1303 West Maple St.
Suite 102
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: 330-371-0529

Barbara Fordyce, PhD. & Associates

Comprehensive psychological services for children, transitional youth and adults.
4319 Hills and Dales Rd NW
Canton, OH 44708
Phone: (330) 492-2006

Building Blocks Counseling Center

Mental health and substance use prevention, treatment and recovery services.
7300 Whipple Ave. NW
Suite 1
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 433-2390

Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: Belden Village

Mental and behavioral health services for children and families.
  • Case management
  • Diagnostic mental health assessments
  • Medication management
Trauma and grief-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and SITCAP services to reduce risk and increase childhood resiliency:
  • Case management
  • Diagnostic mental health assessments
  • Medication management
4641 Fulton Dr. NW
Canton, OH 44718
Phone: (330) 433-6075
Trauma Services: (330) 454-7917
Trauma Services: (330) 454-7917

Coleman Health Services - Alliance

Offers comprehensive, whole person treatment to children, adults and families in the communities we serve – regardless of their ability to pay Delivers mental health, substance use, residential, and rehabilitation services Walk-in Clinic: Mon- Fri 11am – 12pm Clinical Services Recovery includes behavioral health, counseling, case management, substance use treatment, walk-in services, psychiatry, and crisis intervention and stabilization Residential Services Housing assistance, group housing, youth transitional services, budget management classes and other programs that help prepare clients for independent living Supportive Services Guardianship and family care, jail liaison support, adult protective services, adult day care services and eldercare case management Employment Services Job matching, assistance with interviewing, securing transportation and more
1410 West State St.
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 823-6932

Coleman Health Services - Canton

Offers comprehensive, whole person treatment to children, adults and families in the communities we serve – regardless of their ability to pay Delivers mental health, substance use, residential, and rehabilitation services Walk-in Clinic: Mon- Fri 8am – 2pm Clinical Services Recovery includes behavioral health, counseling, case management, substance use treatment, walk-in services, psychiatry, and crisis intervention and stabilization Residential Services Housing assistance, group housing, youth transitional services, budget management classes and other programs that help prepare clients for independent living Supportive Services Guardianship and family care, jail liaison support, adult protective services, adult day care services and eldercare case management Employment Services Job matching, assistance with interviewing, securing transportation and more
400 Tuscarawas St. W
Suite 200
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 438-2400

CommQuest Alliance

CommQuest Alliance Outpatient Addiction and mental health counseling, psychiatric services, case management, and rape crisis Walk-in Assessment Hours: Monday: 12pm - 2pm Tuesday: 11am - 1pm Wednesday: 9:30am - 10:30am Thursday: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
1207 West State St.
Suites F & M
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 821-8407
Fax: (330) 821-8506
Stark County Sexual Assault Hotline - to connect to Alliance Rape Crisis Program: (330) 452-1111
Stark County Sexual Assault Hotline - to connect to Alliance Rape Crisis Program: (330) 452-1111
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CommQuest Canton

Addiction and mental health counseling, psychiatric services, case management, education and employment services, detox, hot meals, social center
  • CommQuest Cleveland Ave Outpatient - 625 Cleveland Ave NW Canton, OH 44702 Addiction and mental health counseling, psychiatric services, case management, and Supported Employment Program Phone: 330-445-2677 Site Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00am - 6:00pm Wednesday: 8:00am - 7:00pm Friday: 8:00am - 1:00pm Walk-In Assessment Hours Monday & Tuesday: 8:30am - 11:30am Wednesday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm Thursday: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • CommQuest Market Ave Outpatient - 1341 Market Ave N Canton, OH 44714 Medication-assisted treatment, addiction and mental health counseling, Mom + Me program, drug screenings, and Family Support Group Phone: 330-453-8252 Site Hours Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 7:00pm Friday: 7:30am - 1:00pm Dosing Hours Monday - Friday 6:00am - 10:00am Saturday: 6:00am - 7:00am OTP Clinic Hours Monday - Thursday: 7:00am - 3:00pm Friday: 7:00am - 1:00pm Urine Drug Screen Hours Monday - Thursday: 6:00am - 1:30pm Friday: 6:00am - 12:30pm Walk-In Assessment Hours Monday: 10:30am - 2:30pm Tuesday: 9:30am - 4:30pm Wednesday: 8:30am - 2:30pm Thursday: 9:30am - 1:30pm Friday: 8:30am - 9:30am
  • CommQuest Detox - 2600 6th St SW Canton, OH 44710 Phone: 330-830-3393 Enrollment Hours Any day 7:00am - 10:00pm Walk-In Assessment Hours Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 7:00pm
  • CommQuest Samaritans Table - 627 McKinley Ave NW Canton, OH 44703 Hot meal service Thursdays 11:00am - 1:00pm Phone: 330-454-8044
  • CommQuest Canton Friendship - 2200 Cleveland Ave NW Canton, OH 44709 Social center, hot meal program, and group skills instruction Phone: 330-453-8776
  • CommQuest Payee Center - 601 Cleveland Ave NW Canton, OH 44702 Financial assistance for those who want or need a payee Phone: 330-453-4275 Window Hours Wednesdays 9:00am - 12:00pm Phone Hours Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • CommQuest Metropolitan Centre - 601 Cleveland Ave NW Canton, OH 44702 Administration, education & employment services, school-based services, marketing, fund development and training Phone: 330-455-0374

CommQuest Massillon

Addiction and mental health counseling, psychiatric services, case management, family housing, male residential addiction treatment, driver intervention program
  • CommQuest Massillon Outpatient Addiction and mental health counseling, psychiatric services and case management Phone: 330-833-0234 Fax: 330-837-7705 130 1st St NW Massillon, OH 44647 Walk-In Assessment Hours: Monday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Tuesday: 11:30am - 1:30pm Wednesday: 10:30am - 12:30pm Thursday: 9:30am - 10:30am Friday: 9:30am - 10:30am
  • CommQuest Family Living Center Housing for homeless families If looking to be placed at a shelter in Stark County, you must call the Homeless Hotline at 330-452-4363 Phone: 330-452-9807 412 Lincoln Way East Massillon, OH 44646
  • CommQuest Massillon Recovery Campus Wilson Hall - male residential addiction treatment and Driver Intervention Program Wilson Hall Phone: 330-830-8740 DIP Phone: 330-834-1934 1680 Nave Rd Se Massillon, OH 44646

COMPASS Rape Crisis

24/7 Confidential Hotline: 330-452-1111 Mental health, counseling, and case management services for all survivors of rape and sexual assault Confidential Hotline Hospital Advocacy Justice System Advocacy
408 9th St. SW
Canton, OH 44707
24/7 Phone: (330) 452-1111
24/7 Phone: (330) 452-1111
Hours: 24/7

Encompass Christian Counseling

Licensed professional therapy and addiction services from a Christian perspective Click "Learn more" for additional locations Not all services are offered in each office. Please call the location for additional, location-specific information.
  1. Perry Christian Church 139 Perry Drive NW Canton, OH 44708 330-966-1620
  2. First Christian Church 6900 Market Ave N Canton, OH 44721 330-595-2039
7317 Portage St. NW
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 966-1620

NE Family Care Counseling Center

A comprehensive mental health center for Stark County and surrounding areas.
1303 W Maple St
#103
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: 330-966-8677

Father Matthew Herttna Counseling Center

Mental health counseling and referrals available at the Walsh University campus.
2020 East Maple St.
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 490-7248

The Gentle Shepherd Counseling Center

Licensed counselors treating and diagnosing mental health conditions. Support Groups: Contact for information about joining.
  • Men's Sexual Addiction Recovery Group Ongoing every Tuesday 6:30-8:00pm ​This therapy group is designed for men seeking to overcome a variety of unwanted sexualized behaviors. It is confidential, faith-based, and emphasizes healing from sexual brokenness, shame and guilt. The recovery process encourages personal integrity and healthy connections with other men. Membership is screened by the facilitating counselor, Dr. Rick McQuistion.
  • Women's Partners of Men with Sexual Integrity Issues Therapeutic Group Ongoing Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm ​This therapy group is designed for women with partners who struggle with sexual integrity issues. Topics that are frequently covered include: betrayal trauma & triggers, boundaries, anger, grief, sexual intimacy, and rebuilding trust. This group is confidential, faith-based, and joy-filled. May women have commented it's the first place they have found support and begun to realize they are not alone on this healing journey.
1469 South Main St.
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 499-3065
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Kessler Psychological Services

Services for grief, trauma, LGBTQ+ support, stress management and general mental health.
311 South Prospect Ave.
Hartville, OH 44632
Phone: (330) 877-2093
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North Canton Therapy Works

Counseling and therapy services for individuals, couples and families in North Canton.
1206 North Main St.
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 433-2688

OhioGuidestone

Providing counseling, support, advocacy, and education with a focus on prevention and treatment in the home, community, office, or telehealth. Additional Program: The Prevent Relapse Occurrence Team with Enhanced Case management and Treatment (Protect) works with juveniles who have shown sexual behavior problems who are not incarcerated or are returning to the community following separation. PROTECT services are designed to work specifically with individuals who have been identified as participating in “sexting” behavior or other minor-related sexual behavioral issues.
4579 Everhard Rd NW
Suite A
North Canton, OH 44718
Phone: (440) 260-6466
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Ohio MENTOR & IFCS

Foster care and mental health services for young people with emotional, behavioral and other complex challenges.
4942 Higbee Ave NW
Suite C & D
Canton, OH 44718
Phone: (330) 491-4331
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Pathway Caring for Children

Pathway is a private agency working with 14 Northeast Ohio Counties. A patient and loving home can make a world of a difference for a child coming from a troubled background. We walk you through every step of your foster care or foster-to-adopt journey. Being a foster parent takes resilience, creativity, flexibility, humor, and love. There is so much room for healing. YOU will be that soft landing spot as children begin to pick up the broken pieces of their lives.
  • On site Training
  • 24/7 Support
  • Community Building
  • Mental Health Wraparound Services
Helping children and families realize the possibilities of their lives through foster care, adoption, and mental health.
  • Transitional Age Services
  • Individual or group therapy
  • Support groups
  • Case management
4895 Dressler Rd. NW
Suite A
Canton, OH 44718
Phone: (330) 493-0083

Phoenix Rising Behavioral Health & Recovery of Alliance

Provides outpatient psychiatric, counseling, and case management services to children, adolescents, and adults Mental health & illness, addictions, dual disorders, behavioral issues, trauma Closed Friday, clients directed to Canton if an emergency or direct care needed Therapy & Counseling Individual Group Couples/Marital Psychiatric Services Doctor (Psychiatrist) Advanced Nurse Practitioners LPNs Case Management Working with adults, adolescents, and children, as well as families in community/natural environments to improve symptom management, coping, and achievement of greater independence
1844 W State St
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 493-4553
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Psychological & Family Consultants, Inc.

Counseling services for depression, anxiety, stress, family difficulties and more.
4572 Dressler Rd. NW
Canton, OH 44718
Phone: (330) 493-4220

The Relationship Center

Family and relationship counseling for individuals, couples and families.
7023 Mears Gate Dr. NW
Suite A
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 497-2452

Richard A. George

Professional counseling services for children, adolescents and adults in Stark County.
3118 Cleveland Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44709
Phone: (330) 492-9913

SAFY of Ohio: Canton/Akron

Community-based support services for Ohio families:
  • Adoption services
  • Behavioral health
  • Family preservation
  • Older youth services
  • Therapeutic foster care
6279 Frank Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 305-1668

Sky Witness Healing Arts

Mental health and psychiatric care in North Canton.
452 North Main St.
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 510-4921

Stark County Family Council

Wraparound services for youth and families who have complex, multi-system needs. Visit their website for more information.
6057 Strip Ave NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: 330-492-8136

Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery

Funding for mental health and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery support services. Visit their website for more information about StarkMHAR.
121 Cleveland Ave. SW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 455-6644
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Stark Community Support Network

Community safety net linking families to resources and social services.
  • Community Support Services (Mental Health & Substance/Alcohol Abuse) - Identify, Link, and Support individuals and families through the mental health and alcohol and substance abuse system.
  • Community Response Team (Trauma Care and Community Violence) - Refer, Assist, and Advocate for individuals and/or families experiencing trauma.
  • Infant Mortality (THRIVE) - Identify and Support women through their pregnancies to reduce infant mortality.
  • Pathways Hub (Pregnant Mothers) - Educate and Support pregnant mothers to ensure a safe and healthy delivery.
  • Parenting Classes - Classes are available for parents by court order or personal request.
  • Individual or Group Counseling - Clinical Counseling / Therapeutic Support Groups are offered to individuals or families.
1221 Harrisburg Rd. NE
Canton, OH 44705
Phone: (330) 455-2260

Summit Psychological Associates: Downtown Canton

Comprehensive mental health and substance use services for prevention, treatment and recovery.
832 McKinley Ave NW
Canton, OH 44703
Phone: 330-493-2554
Fax: (234) 360-3426

Summit Psychological Associates: North Canton

Comprehensive mental health and substance use services for prevention, treatment and recovery.
4450 Belden Village St. NW
Suite 701
Canton, OH 44718
Phone: (330) 493-2554

Thrive Counseling Services

Youth counseling for children as young as 8 years old.
4119 Whipple Ave. NW
Suite B
Canton, OH 44718
Phone: (330) 703-6578

Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre, LLC

Affordable health care for adults, children and families.
1201 South Main St.
Suite 100
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 244-8782

We Care Counseling, Inc.

Counselors specializing in complex trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use, addiction and transitional youth.
7300 Whipple Ave. NW
Suite 2
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 305-9100
Report threats or attempts to law enforcement

Contact your local law enforcement to report threats or attempts of suicide.

Alliance Police Department

470 East Market St.
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 821-9140
Dispatch: (330) 821-3131
Dispatch: (330) 821-3131
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Beach City Police Department

302 North Church St.
Beach City, OH 44608
Phone: (330) 756-2449
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Canal Fulton Police Department

1165 Locust St. S
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
Phone: (330) 854-2211
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Canton Police Department

221 3rd St. SW
Canton, OH 44702
Non-emergency: (330) 649-5800
Non-emergency: (330) 649-5800
Information: (330) 489-3100
Information: (330) 489-3100
Dispatch: (330) 489-3100
Dispatch: (330) 489-3100
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

East Canton Police Department

130 Cedar St. S
East Canton, OH 44730
Phone: (330) 488-9435
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Hartville Police Department

202 West Maple St.
Hartville, OH 44632
Phone: (330) 877-2500
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Jackson Township Police Department

7383 Fulton Dr. NW
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 832-1553
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Lawrence Township Police Department

5830 Manchester Ave. NW
North Lawrence, OH 44666
Directory: (330) 854-2096
Directory: (330) 854-2096
Dispatch: (330) 854-4114
Dispatch: (330) 854-4114
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Louisville Police Department

1150 West Main St.
Louisville, OH 44641
Phone: (330) 875-1607
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Magnolia Police Department

328 North Main St.
Magnolia, OH 44643
Phone: (330) 866-9434
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Marlboro Township Police Department

7344 Edison St. NE
Hartville, OH 44632
Phone: (330) 935-2338
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Massillon Police Department

2 James Duncan Plz.
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 832-9811
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Minerva Police Department

209 North Market St.
Suite B
Minerva, OH 44657
Phone: (330) 868-4177
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

North Canton Police Department

145 North Main St.
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 499-5911
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Perry Township Police Department

622 Genoa Ave. SW
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 478-5121
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Stark County Sherriff’s Office

Serving Stark County and Waynesburg.
4500 Atlantic Blvd. NE
Canton, OH 44705
Phone: (330) 430-3800
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Plain Township Police Department

Plain Township Police Department
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 430-3800
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Uniontown Police Department

1635 Edison St. NW
Uniontown, OH 44685
Phone: (330) 699-6444
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Wilmot Police Department

300 Massillon St.
Wilmot, OH 44689
Phone: (330) 830-4276
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911
Warning Signs

If you notice these behaviors, reach out for help immediately. You could be the difference in getting someone the support they need:

  • Acts agitated or reckless
  • Can’t think clearly or see a way out
  • Doesn’t see a future without pain and sadness
  • Feels overwhelmed, helpless, hopeless or out of control
  • Gives away belongings
  • Has extreme changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Loses interest in things they previously enjoyed
  • Not able to think of things to live for
  • Seeks means to attempt suicide
  • Talks or writes about wanting to die
  • Uses alcohol or other drugs
  • Withdraws from loved ones and activities

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Do's and don'ts

If you feel someone you know is at risk for suicide, it can be difficult to know what to do or say. The following guidelines can help you navigate the conversation:

  • Do ask questions, listen and use active eye contact
  • Do reach out for professional support
  • Do show interest and make yourself available
  • Do speak openly in matter-of-fact language
  • Do take action to ensure their safety and stability
  • Do choose your timing carefully
  • Do think about what you want to say ahead of time
  • Don’t act shocked or confused
  • Don’t be judgmental
  • Don’t lecture them about right and wrong
  • Don’t encourage them to do it
  • Don’t keep your concerns to yourself

No matter the cause, thoughts and attempts of suicide are often more widespread than we realize. Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect your friends, family and yourself:

  • Be there for those you believe might be at risk
  • Engage in open and honest conversations
  • Know the signs and be on the lookout
  • Report suicidal content you see online
  • Spread awareness of hotlines and support resources

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