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.

  • Walk for Hope 2018 was held Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Portage High School Track. Read more here!


  • Check out our public service announcement video, Mental Health Matters.  Scroll to the bottom to see it here.  Now playing at the Portage Movie Theatre.
  • Suicide Loss Support Groups are now meeting in Portage on the first and third Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30.  Contact us for more information.   
  • Do you know the signs of suicide and how to recognize them? Sign up today for a free 90-minute QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Suicide Prevention Training.  Want to teach QPR?  Contact us for more information! Upcoming QPR Trainings
  • Prevent Suicide Columbia County meets the 3rd Thursday of EVEN months.  We are now meeting in our new Health and Human Services Building, located at 111 E. Mullett Street - ADRC Entrance!
  • Do you own a gun? FREE gun locks available at Columbia County Health and Human Services!  Stop in Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm to pick up!

​​Facts about suicide in our County and state

  • Compared to state averages, Columbia County has higher rates of suicide and suicide attempts.
  • In 2017, eight people died by suicide in Columbia County.
  • For every death by suicide, there are an estimated 25 suicide attempts.
  • 7-15% of suicides in Wisconsin are identified as Veterans
  • Adult women attempt suicide more often than adult men but more men are successful at completing suicide. 

News  from Prevent Suicide Columbia County





Mental Health Matters PSA

Now playing at the Portage Movie Theatre

Funded by Prevent Suicide Columbia County

Click  here  for other crisis lines and resources.

Our Vision

is a suicide-free community where people will recognize the warning signs, intervene, and help individuals find hope.

Joanne Alt - Garden of Angels Fundraiser, Portage, raised $1200 for Prevent Suicide Columbia County!

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Dale, Mary Lou, Kurtis and JJ Stronach present proceeds from Kimmie's Kruise to Prevent Suicide Columbia County. Kimmie's Kruise raised $2000!

  • Suicide is the second most common cause of death after car accidents for Wisconsin youth.
  • For middle and high school students, females and minorities are more likely to be depressed, contemplate suicide, and attempt it than males and whites.
  • A 2012 survey revealed that within the previous 12 months, 30% of female high school students in Wisconsin reported feeling sad or hopeless for 2 weeks in a row; 17% had seriously considered suicide, and 8% had attempted it.

Columbia County Health and Human Services

111 East Mullett Street

Portage, WI 53901

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Third Thursday of EVEN months

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