About Our Chapter

Welcome. We are the Central Ohio chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.  

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.

Chapter was chartered January 18,2013

Sarah Lee Jefferson- Central Ohio Chapter Founder/Chair
Tony Arend - Chapter Treasurer
Beth Bidstrup - Chapter Secretary/Survivor Outreach Coordinator
Sarah Lee Jefferson - Out of the Darkness Walk Chair
Tishia Richardson- International Survivor's Day Coordinator
Board Members:

  • Leslie Arend
  • Vivan Bichsel
  • Joshua Carson
  • Brandon McGlone
  • Christal Pinyan
  • Mike Smeltzer
  • Trina Smoke
  • Ann Wade