Participating Sustainability Partners:



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130 West North Street
Lima, Ohio 45801-4311
Phone: (419) 228-1836
Fax: (419) 228-3891

Mental Health & Mental Disorders

Current Situation - Good mental health is important for overall physical health and well-being.  Those with poor mental health have been shown to have higher incidences of multiple physical health problems. Individuals with serious and persistent mental illness die approximately 25 years younger than the average American. Women are more likely than men to suffer from mental illness.  Reports from Allen County Vital Statistics show that middle-aged white men were more likely to commit suicide.  Allen  County is a Mental Health- Health Professional Shortage Area. 

Key Data Points



Opportunities for Improvement 

  • The age-adjusted suicide rate in Allen County has increased slightly from 11.4 per 100,000 in 2011-2013 to 15.0 per 100,000 in 2014-2016.


The graph below shows the number of suicide deaths by age group in Allen County.


From 2011-2017, 21% of all Allen County suicide deaths occurred among those ages 25-34 years old.

*Data for 2017 is considered partial and may be incomplete, and should be used with caution (Source: ODH, Ohio Public Health Data Warehouse, Mortality, Leading Causes of Death)

What is being done in our Community?

Partnership for Violence Free Families (PVFF) was established in 2001 and provides education, programming, and resource referral for the prevention focus areas of child abuse, teen dating violence, child sexual assault, problem gambling, mental illness and suicide.

Mental Health and Recovery Services Board (We Care People) of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties and partnering agencies work to provide prevention and treatment services to area residents. 

Coleman Professional Services provides behavioral health and rehabilitation programs.  Residential services are also made available through this agency.

Family Resource Center provides specialized health services to youth and families. 

Health Partners of Western Ohio provides on-site Mental Health Services for their clients.   

SAFY Behavioral Services provides outpatient behavioral health services for any individual or family from birth through adulthood.  Within this continuum of care, SAFY offers specialty services including:  school based services, prevention/education groups, juvenile sex offender treatment, alcohol & drug addiction services, trauma based services, play therapy, autism interventions, and intensive home based services. 

St. Rita's Medical Center provides a geriatric psychiatry program for persons 55 and older who are dealing with psychiatric stress.  The adult psychiatry program is designed for patients 18-54 years of age. The Behavioral Access Center is also available to offer a streamlined approach to identifying and coordinating the most appropriate level of service needed.

Open Gate  is a program that links residents to the programs or services they need to help lead a productive life.  Over 30 agencies are represented at this monthly session.