In recent years, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) has experienced several staff suicides both during and after work hours. This is an area of great concern to our Department. Because of this, Director Terry Collins assigned a task force to address staff suicide. Working in the field of corrections can be stressful, and research shows that correctional employees have a higher rate of divorce, early death, medical problems and substance abuse. While it is stressful, it is also important to point out that the work we do has a positive impact on many individuals and the community. We want our employees to lead a life that is both productive and fulfilling at work and at home. While achieving and maintaining balance is a goal, oftentimes, it may seem that life stressors are overwhelming, never ending, and solutions are hard to find. Whatever the situation may be, it is important to recognize that help is available and the situation can improve with proper intervention and access to resources.
This is a resource guide for employees. While not an intervention or diagnostic tool, it is hoped that this guide will lead you to the resources that may assist you in addressing your concerns and of those you care about.