OUR MISSION

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.

Our Vision

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

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​​Facts about suicide in our County and state

Compared to state averages, Columbia County has higher rates of suicide and suicide attempts.

  • In 2018, 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

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  • 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 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey revealed that within the previous 12 months, 34% of female and 16% of male high school students in Columbia County reported feeling sad or hopeless for 2 weeks in a row; 21% of females and 11% of males had seriously considered suicide, and 6% of females and 4% of males had attempted it.

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