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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.

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















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  • Check out our public service announcement video, Mental Health Matters.  Scroll to the bottom to see it here.  
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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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Our Vision

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

​​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. 

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

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Prevent Suicide Columbia County efforts would not be possible without our generous donors, volunteers and coalition members!  Thank you for all of your contributions!

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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!