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       Our mission

Because we value human life, the mission of Prevent Suicide Columbia County is to prevent suicide through awareness, education, collaboration, and improved access to mental health care.

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News and events

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.  Make a donation.  Give hope. Become a partner in preventing suicide. 


  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Free QPR Suicide Prevention Training from 6 pm to 7:30pm at the Law Enforcement Center (711 E. Cook St) in Portage. Learn to ask a question and save a life!
  • Our second annual Walk for Hope will be on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 10am at the Historic Indian Agency House in Portage.  See below for more information, to register, or to be a sponsor.
  • Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Groups are now available locally.  Contact us for more information regarding times and locations.

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. 

Member organizations

Along with concerned citizens, members of the following local organizations regularly attend Prevent Suicide Columbia County meetings.  Join us!  All are welcome.

  • Columbia County Health and Human Services
  • Counseling Centers:  Aspen Family Counseling, Compass Counseling
  • School Districts:  Cambria-Friesland, Fall River, Lodi, Pardeeville, Portage, Poynette, Wisconsin Dells
  • Law Enforcement:  Columbia County Sheriff's Department, Lodi Police Department, Portage Police Department
  • Hospitals:  Columbus Community Hospital, Divine Savior Healthcare
  • CESA 5
  • Columbia County Board of Supervisors
  • Columbia County Veterans Service Office
  • Town Boards



  • Compared to state averages, Columbia County has higher rates of suicide and suicide attempts.
  • In 2012, twelve people died by suicide in Columbia County, an average of one person per month.
  • For every death by suicide, there are an estimated 25 suicide attempts.
  • 7-15% of suicides in Wisconsin are identified as Veterans
  • Adult men are more likely to commit suicide than adult women

Facts about suicide in our County and state

Our Vision

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

join our mailing list

Stay up to date on the latest news and information from Prevent Suicide Columbia County.  Simply send us and email with "subscribe" as your subject.  If you'd like, include in the body of the email your name, organization (if applicable), mailing address, and phone number.  Personal information will not be shared with anyone outside of Prevent Suicide Columbia County.

Click  here  for other crisis lines and resources.

  • 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.

meeting location

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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A special Thanks to our 2014 walk for hope sponsors!






Super 8 - Columbus

Dianne and Herb Seiler

The family of Nathan Pieper

We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to the following people and organizations who sponsored our second annual Walk for Hope on October 4, 2014.  Click on the logos of sponsors below to be directed to their websites.  There is still time to sponsor this year's event.  Please contact us for details.

American Legion Aux. Unit 401

Have you seen our billboards?

Starting March 15, 2014, Prevent Suicide Columbia County billboards will be on display throughout our area as part of Lamar Advertising Company‚Äôs Public Service Advertising Program.  Thank you to Lamar for their contribution!


Dinner for Hope


Our first annual Dinner for Hope was a wonderful evening!  Thank you to all who participated.


About 90 people attended our Dinner for Hope on June 7, 2014.  Northwoods put the finishing touches on our spaghetti supper while talented students from the Portage High School choir entertained us.  Our silent auction included 37 items from 25 donor families and organizations and raised nearly $1,400. As we finished the evening, Dr. Tom Hayes of the Pauquette Center gave a moving speech about how each of us can make a difference in the lives of others.  Our first annual Dinner for Hope raised over $3,900 with the help of a grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.  Thank you to everyone who helped make our Dinner a wonderful evening!

All proceeds benefit our local suicide prevention efforts

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.  This 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 Signs of Suicide  Walk for Hope last year, 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.  



A special Thank you to the welsh prairie livewires 4-h club

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

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.

Come walk for hope with us. Register online using PayPal or click here for the Registration Information and Form to print out, complete, and mail to us.  Registration for participants age 12 to 17 is $15; 18 and older is $25.  All paid registrants receive a free Walk for Hope t-shirt on the day of the event (first registered, first served; supplies limited). Children under age 12 are free, but will not receive a free t-shirt.  Extra Walk for Hope t-shirts cost $10 and are available by pre-order or on the day of the walk.  Help us advertise the walk: display our flyer (click here to print) and share this invitation with family and friends.   We are actively seeking partners that can serve as Walk for Hope sponsors.  As a sponsor at the bronze level or above, your company or family name will be included on event-day signage and on our website.  Click here for more information and to print out a Sponsorship Commitment Pledge Form. Thank you for your support! 


2014 Walk for Hope event details


Date:
  Saturday, October 4, 2014
Place:
  Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Rd.; Portage, WI  53901. 

Rain or shine
10:00 am:   Register

                   Post photo(s) of loved ones lost to suicide, sign up to have to have their names read
                   aloud, and create a simple art project in their memory

                   Browse educational booths
                   Enter the 50/50 raffle

10:30 am:   Welcome and speakers

11:00 am:   Names are read and Walk starts
11:30 am:   Music and refreshments, raffle drawn

Cost:  $15 for ages 12-17; $25 for adults (pre-register by 9/15 for a free t-shirt).  Children under 12 are free but do not receive a free t-shirt. 



WALK FOR HOPE ON october  4

Hope for all those who have been affected by suicide

We cordially invite you to attend our second annual Walk for Hope on Saturday, October 4 at 10:00 am at the Historic Indian Agency House in Portage. This family-friendly event features a 2.5 mile nature path loop as well as speakers, live music, remembrance projects, educational booths, and a 50/50 raffle.  We have all been affected by suicide in our communities.  Let's join together in remembering our loved ones and extending hope to those who are still suffering.

Hair Sensations of Portage