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
Thank you, Columbia County, for making a stand against suicide, and standing with those who have lost a loved one. We can work together to reduce the stigma associated with suicide and depression. The rate of suicide attempts and deaths are higher in our county than state averages (see below for statistics). For more information on how you can partner with us to prevent suicide, please visit our Help Save a Life page. Together, we can achieve our vision: A suicide-free community where people will recognize the warning signs, intervene, and help individuals find hope. Suicide is preventable and suicide prevention is everyone’s business.
At the start of the walk, the names of loved ones lost to suicide were read aloud and balloons with messages were released to the sky. For more Walk photos, please visit us on Facebook.
Prevent Suicide Columbia County would like to extend its sincere appreciation to Columbia County businesses, organizations, and residents for their strong support of our first annual SOS (Signs of Suicide) Walk for Hope. Over 220 residents attended the walk, which took place at the Historic Indian Agency House in Portage on Sunday, September 29, 2013. The event raised over $12,000 to fund our local suicide prevention activities, which include public information campaigns, QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention training, School Health Summits, suicide prevention tools for healthcare professionals, and educating legislators on mental-health related issues.
Our coalition was delighted to have so many people donate their time and money to support our cause. Forty-five local organizations and individuals sponsored our walk. In addition, we had the help of about forty-eight volunteers from all walks of life: two local musicians who performed live; an art therapist who oversaw creative projects for survivors of suicide loss; thirteen students from Cambria-Friesland High School’s Student Council; representatives of
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
The Welsh Prairie Livewires 4H Club will host its second annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run/Walk and dinner on Saturday, March 8th, 2014, in Cambria, Wisconsin. This year the youth have chosen to donate the proceeds of the event to Prevent Suicide Columbia County. The 5K run/walk through the streets of Cambria will begin and end at the Cambria Fire Station. A corned beef and chicken dinner will be served at 4:30pm. Click here for more information and to register.