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.
Raeanna Johnson, Miss Wisconsin 2014, speaks openly about her experience with depression after losing her brother Tyler to suicide. For more Dinner for Hope photos, visit us onFacebook.
About 85 people dined with us at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Portage on May 2, 2015 as part of the Prevent Suicide Columbia County Dinner for Hope. A delicious spaghetti dinner was prepared by volunteers, who also decorated the hall in 60's style, complete with a bead curtain, tye-dye, fuzzy dice, LP records and Elvis posters. Guests were decked out in their finest 60's attire, with bell bottoms, feathers, and tie dye. Raeanna Johnson, Miss Wisconsin 2014, opened up to share her experience of losing her brother Tyler to suicide.
The event raised money to fund our local suicide prevention activities, which include public information campaigns, QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention training, survivors of suicide loss support groups, and increasing access to mental health services. Our coalition was delighted to have so many people donate their time and money to support our cause. 30 local organizations and families donated 50 items to our silent auction. In addition, nearly all the food and other supplies were donated. Thank you for your support!
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.
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
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. That 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 first annual Signs of Suicide Walk for Hope in 2013, 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.
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.
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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.
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Prevent Suicide Columbia County would like to extend its sincere
appreciation to Columbia County businesses, organizations, and
residents for their support of our third annual Walk for Hope, which
took place on September 27, 2015, at the Portage High School track.
In particular, we thank the Portage Community Schools for providing
the location for our event and the staff support to make it a success.
2015 Walkers were greeted at the registration table
The rates of suicide attempts and deaths are higher in our county than state averages.
Our Walk for Hope brings together those who have lost a loved one to suicide, along with community members who support the cause and those who would like to learn more about how they can save a life. It takes courage to stand up to the stigma that is prevalent in our culture around the issues of suicide, mental health and substance abuse. We thank each and every participant of our Walk, especially those who come with their deep vulnerability, their quiet strength to support others through the difficult grieving process, and their determination to prevent such a tragedy from occurring again. Thank you, Columbia County, for making a stand against suicide, and standing with those who have lost a loved one.