Because we value human life, the mission of Prevent Suicide Columbia County is to prevent suicide through awareness, education, collaboration, and improved access to mental health care.
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Prevent Suicide Columbia County meets the third Thursday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Columbia County Law Enforcement Center at 711 E. Cook Street in Portage, Wisconsin. See map at the bottom of the page and contact us for more information.
Along with concerned citizens, members of the following local organizations regularly attend Prevent Suicide Columbia County meetings. Join us! All are welcome.
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Prevent Suicide Columbia County meets the third Thursday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Columbia County Law Enforcement Center in the community room on the first floor at 711 E. Cook Street in Portage, Wisconsin, 53901.
Lodi Community Action Team
BJ's Appliance Center
Clark's Speedway Cafe, one of our sponsors, helped us advertise our Walk for Hope on its marquee.
First Presbyterian Church of Pardeeville
BP North Point Plaza - Poynette
Private Donations from Employees of Columbia County Health and Human Services
Super 8 - Columbus
Elk's Lodge of Portage
Ron and Yvonne Ziegler Dairy
Columbia County Dairy Promotion Committee
Thomas "TJ" Mountford Memorial
We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to the following people and organizations who sponsored our first annual SOS (Signs of Suicide) Walk for Hope on September 29, 2013. Forty-five local organizations and individuals sponsored our walk. Their contributions totaled nearly $6,400, plus donations of water, milk, and fruit snacks for our Walk participants. Click on the logos below to be directed to their websites.
Columbia County Sheriff's Association
Starting March 15, 2014, Prevent Suicide Columbia County billboards will be on display throughout our area as part of Lamar Advertising Company’s Public Service Advertising Program. Thank you to Lamar for their contribution!
Dinner for Hope
Our first annual Dinner for Hope was a wonderful evening! Thank you to all who participated.
About 90 people attended our Dinner for Hope on June 7, 2014. Northwoods put the finishing touches on our spaghetti supper while talented students from the Portage High School choir entertained us. Our silent auction included 37 items from 25 donor families and organizations and raised nearly $1,400. As we finished the evening, Dr. Tom Hayes of the Pauquette Center gave a moving speech about how each of us can make a difference in the lives of others. Our first annual Dinner for Hope raised over $3,900 with the help of a grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Thank you to everyone who helped make our Dinner a wonderful evening!
All proceeds benefit our local suicide prevention efforts
We were delighted to receive a check in the amount of $5,533 from the Welsh Prairie Livewires 4-H Club in support of our suicide prevention efforts. The funds were raised at their second annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run/Walk, which took place on March 8, 2014 in Cambria. Each year, the youth decide which organization should benefit from their run/walk. This year, they chose Prevent Suicide Columbia County.
Sadly, suicide affects Columbia County residents of all ages. The youth decided to donate to our organization because many of them had experienced the loss of a family member, friend, or teacher to suicide. Several of the 4-H youth members and their families attended our Signs of Suicide Walk for Hope last year, where they volunteered, walked, and participated in our balloon release, writing messages to loved ones who had died by suicide, attaching them to balloons, and releasing them to the sky.
4-H member Allison Schwark (right) presents facilitator Sara Jesse with a check in the amount of $5,533 at the coalition's June meeting. From left to right in the back row: Morgan Jones, Abbigail Schwark, Owen Jones, and Cheryl Schwark
Prevent Suicide Columbia County thanks the Welsh Prairie Livewires 4-H Club for their outstanding contribution in support of our suicide prevention activities. You have touched our hearts. We are truly impressed with your courage, your fundraising skills, and the dedication of your student and adult volunteers.
Come walk for hope with us. Register online using PayPal or click here for the Registration Information and Form to print out, complete, and mail to us. Registration for participants age 12 to 17 is $15; 18 and older is $25. If we receive your registration by September 15, 2014, you'll receive a free Walk for Hope t-shirt on the day of the event. (Children under age 12 are free, but will not receive a free t-shirt.) Extra Walk for Hope t-shirts cost $10 and are available by pre-order or on the day of the walk. Help us advertise the walk: display our flyer (click here to print) and share this invitation with family and friends. We are actively seeking partners that can serve as Walk for Hope sponsors. As a sponsor at the bronze level or above, your company or family name will be included on event-day signage and on our website. Click here for more information and to print out a Sponsorship Commitment Pledge Form. Thank you for your support!
Rain or shine
Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Place: Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Rd.; Portage, WI 53901.
Post photo(s) of loved ones lost to suicide, sign up to have to have their names read
aloud, and create a simple art project in their memory
Browse educational booths
Enter the 50/50 raffle
10:30 am: Welcome and speakers
11:00 am: Names are read and Walk starts
11:30 am: Music and refreshments, raffle drawn
Cost: $15 for ages 12-17; $25 for adults (pre-register by 9/15 for a free t-shirt). Children under 12 are free but do not receive a free t-shirt.
WALK FOR HOPE ON october 4
Hope for all those who have been affected by suicide
We cordially invite you to attend our second annual Walk for Hope on Saturday, October 4 at 10:00 am at the Historic Indian Agency House in Portage. This family-friendly event features a 2.5 mile nature path loop as well as speakers, live music, remembrance projects, educational booths, and a 50/50 raffle. We have all been affected by suicide in our communities. Let's join together in remembering our loved ones and extending hope to those who are still suffering.