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Prevent Suicide Columbia County meets the third Thursday of each month from 1:00 to 2:30 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.
The new website for a local substance abuse coalition includes a listing of local substance abuse treatment and prevention resources: PREVENTION AND RESPONSE COLUMBIA COUNTY
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.
Register Today for Our 2nd Annual Gathering
Featuring training on Trauma-Informed Care & Honest, Open, Proud: Addressing the Stigma of Mental Health
Lodging and scholarships are available. To register or for more information, contact us or visit: www.durwardsglen.org/events.html
Creating Trauma-Sensitive Communities
Friday, May 12 from 10 AM - 4 PM
Registration begins at 9:00 AM. Lunch is included in the $25 registration fee.
Trauma is extreme stress that overwhelms a person's ability to cope. It can be a single event, a series of events, or a chronic condition, such as childhood neglect or domestic violence. Those who experience trauma as children or adults are much more likely to develop problems with mental and physical health and substance abuse. Trauma-informed communities acknowledge the role that trauma has played in people’s lives, recognize the symptoms of trauma, and shift their perspective from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you and how are you coping?"
For anyone interested in reducing the effects of trauma, including: Leaders and members of churches, businesses, non-profits, and agencies; Service providers in the fields of mental health, healthcare, and social services; People living with mental health challenges, their families and friends; and
Honest, Open, and Proud: Addressing the Stigma of Mental Health
You asked, we listened: a training just for people living with a mental health challenge.
Friday, May 12: 5:30 - 8:30 PM and Sat. May 13: 8:30 AM - noon
Registration begins at 5 PM Friday with snacks. Saturday’s breakfast and lunch are included in the $15 registration fee.
The #1 best practice for eliminating the stigma of mental health is for people living with these challenges is to share their stories. If you have a story to share, you may be wondering who to tell, what to say, and if there are downsides to disclosing. We’ll explore these topics and also take a look at the stories we tell ourselves to discern helpful and hurtful self-attitudes.
To register or for more information, contact us or visit: www.durwardsglen.org/events.html
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is to prevent suicide through awareness, education, collaboration, and improved access to mental health care, and to support those who have lost a loved one to suicide.