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Mental Health Matters PSA

Now playing at the Portage Movie Theatre

Funded by Prevent Suicide Columbia County


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 is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Portage High School Track! Read more here!
  • Check out our new 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.   
  • 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!

Prevent Suicide Columbia County meets the third Thursday of even months  from 1:00 to 2:30 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. All are welcome!

  • 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.

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.

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. 

Prevent Suicide Columbia County meets the third Thursday of even months 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. 

Recognize the signs of suicide and depression.  Get trained in QPR-- learn how to "Ask a question and save a life." Find out about community resources. Get a free gun lock and discard of your unneeded prescription drugs. Make a donation.  Give hope. Become a partner in preventing suicide. 

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