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With an Interest in Suicide Prevention
If you have health insurance, contact a representative to find out what your insurance covers and where you can go. For additional information about behavioral health resources, please contact Columbia County Health and Human Services at (608) 742-9717
If you are concerned about your immediate safety
or the immediate safety of someone you know, go to your local emergency room or call 911. Stay with the suicidal person until help arrives.
The web has a wealth of information. Below is a partial list.
The QPR Institute – Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Programs
Hospitalization: What you Need to Know
Suicide Prevention Publications from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, including:
* National Strategy for Suicide Prevention 2012: How You Can Play a Role in Preventing Suicide
* Taking Care of a Family Member after Treatment for a Suicide Attempt
* After a Disaster
* Substance Abuse and Suicide
* Native Americans and Suicide
* Spanish language materials
* Materials for medical providers, funeral home directors, mental health professionals, and more.
For Men (and those concerned about them): Mantherapy.org -- therapy the way a man would do it-- uses humor to address suicide and other mental health concerns.
For Health Professionals:
* Screening for Mental Health Resources
* Resources from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
* Resources from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center
* Order a Guide for Medical Providers in the ED Taking care of Suicide Attempt Survivors
For the workplace:
* Workplace Outreach from Mental Health America of Wisconsin
* Reducing the stigma of mental illness in the workplace from Texans Working Together
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-799-4TTY  (TTY)
Click here for online Lifeline Chat
* For Veterans: Press 1
* En Español: Oprima el 2
* Callers can remain anonymous and will be connected to local resources
* Veterans can also send a text message to 838255
TEXT: The Center for Suicide Awareness HOPELINE: text “HOPELINE” to 741741
National "YOUTH" Crisis Helpline
Wisconsin Family Ties (promoting children's mental health)
Local and Regional Hospitals
Mendota Mental Health Instituteis a state-run psychiatric hospital:
301 Troy Drive, Madison, WI 53704
Rogers Memorial Hospitalis a comprehensive psychiatric hospital. Alcohol and drug treatment also available:
406 Science Drive, Suite 110
Madison, WI 53711
St. Mary's Hospital has In-Patient Psychiatric and Emergency services:
700 South Park Street
Madison, WI 53715
Suicide Anonymousis a twelve-step, twelve-tradition fellowship based on the model pioneered
by Alcoholics Anonymous. We are a group of men and women who meet regularly to help each other overcome suicidal preoccupation and behavior.
With and interest in suicide prevention (alphabetical, read across)
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.
Agencies in Columbia County
Columbia County Health and Human Services provides access to mental health and substance abuse services for individuals who do not have insurance on a sliding fee scale. Call (608)742-9227 to see if you are eligible.
Columbia County contracts with Northwest Connections (1-888-552-6642) to provide emergency mental health and substance abuse services twenty-four hours a day for residents of Columbia County. Mobile crisis
services are also available when necessary to assess risk and assist in the development of a safety plan.
Short term case management services are also available immediately following a crisis to link adults and youth to ongoing supportive services.
Columbia County Health and Human Services
2652 Murphy Road; PO Box 136
Portage, WI 53901
Columbia County Veterans Service Office
400 DeWitt Street
Portage, WI 53901
Website: http://tinyurl.com/bllur8b Facebook: www.facebook.com/columbiacountyveterans
Veterans Crisis Line: www.veteranscrisisline.net
or 1-800-273-8255, Press 1
Click here for a link to other County and Tribal Veteran Service Offices in WI
St. Vincent de Paul Free Medical Clinic is open every Wednesday from 9am–12pm. Located at 140 E Cook St Portage, downstairs of Wilz Drugs. Please call for more details. (608) 742-5513