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Wisconsin organizations

With an Interest in Suicide Prevention

if you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, get help

If you don't find the help you need right away, keep trying.  There is hope. 

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  • Crisis Lines
  • Local Treatment Options
  • Online Resources
  • 12-Step Suicide Anonymous Groups
  • resources for Survivors of Suicide and families and friends experiencing a suicide loss
  • Wisconsin and Nationwide Organizations with an Interest in Suicide Prevention

local treatment options
Agencies, Mental Health Clinics, and Hospitals

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

Crisis lines

Call now If you or someone you know is thinking about  suicide. 

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. 

online resources

The web has a wealth of information.  Below is a partial list.  

Crisis Lines

  • For Columbia County Residents: 
    Northwest Connections

    *  Click
    here for a list of other Wisconsin county crisis lines.  Hover over your county on the map.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    800-273-TALK [8255]
    800-799-4TTY [4889] (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

  • The Trevor Project 
    (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender)
    1-866-488-7386 [866 - 4 U TREVOR]

    Click here for online chat
    Click here for
    texting information

Local and Regional Hospitals

Get in touch

12-step suicide anonymous groups

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.

National Organizations

With and interest in suicide prevention (alphabetical, read across)

resources for survivors

For family members and friends grieving a suicide loss.

meeting location

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:   Facebook:
    Veterans Crisis Line:
    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

Mental Health Clinics in Columbia County

  • SAVE(Suicide Awareness/Voices of Education)
    952-946-SA/VE (7998

  • SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration