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Zepf Center Receives Suicide Prevention Grant

Published Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) named Zepf Center as the award recipient for an $800,000 Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention (COVID-19 ERSP) grant. The grant aims to advance efforts to prevent suicide and suicide attempts among adults age 25 and older in Northwest Ohio.

In partnership with several community agencies, hospital systems, employment services and family services – including Bethany House and the YWCA of Northwest Ohio, the project will create a cross-system approach to target individuals who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are at-risk for suicide.

The grant provides Zepf Center with the funding needed to offer direct linkage for persons exiting the hospital and persons exhibiting suicidal thoughts or feelings who come to the attention of community providers. By moving from the traditional doors of a mental health center, the project will place clinicians, peers, and telehealth services directly in the field.  According to Deidra Lashley, Executive Director of Bethany House, “We are thankful for the opportunity to be a partner in this grant. Our hope is to address the unique challenges of isolation that domestic violence survivors are facing during this global pandemic and provide effective solutions for assistance.” Lisa McDuffie, President and CEO of the YWCA of Northwest Ohio, adds, “Our organization is excited to be a part of this community collaboration. Anything we can do to assist the needs of families during these unprecedented times is an added benefit to our agency and families we serve.”

While the grant works directly with a targeted population, Zepf Center CEO, Deb Flores, encourages everyone in the community to become educated on ways to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to keep those at heightened risk safe. Flores adds, “During this unprecedented time in our nation’s history it is important that we continue to be the eyes and ears in our community and continue to reach out – often – to individuals who are isolated.”

Resources immediately available include: Crisis Text Line – text “Home” to 741741 and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK. In addition, if you or someone you know is currently in crisis you are encouraged to call 911 or proceed to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Zepf Center is a leader in quality treatment and innovation and is committed to creating hope and recovery through integrated, person-centered services. For more information on Zepf Center, please visit or call 419-841-7701.


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