Our heartfelt thanks to all who joined us for Prevent Suicide Columbia County’s 6th Annual Walk for Hope. We had the most perfect day for our walk held on Saturday, September 22, 2018!
Our 6th Annual Walk for Hope far exceeded our goals and expectations! We had 198 registered participants this year which surpasses totals from past years. Our combined efforts collected a total of $10,388.00! Funds raised by and donated to Prevent Suicide Columbia County all stay LOCAL! Funds are used to provide free QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention training, provide free gun locks to the public, public information campaigns, on screen video ad shown at the Portage Movie Theatre before each movie, support group for survivors of suicide loss, crisis intervention trainings/mental health trainings for Columbia County mental health providers, law enforcement, and more.
Thank you to each participant who walked laps, shared stories of hope, and offered each other strength and understanding. It’s so heartwarming to see the connections made between participants.
In addition to our participants, we have many more thanks to give – to all of our Walk for Hope volunteers! There is so much effort that goes into setting up, providing activities, and clean up - thank you for all of your help! Thank you to Portage Community Schools for being our host and assisting with set up and clean up – we are so fortunate to have a centralized location to provide our walk! Thank you to our speaker, Sara Jesse, who delivered a powerful and emotional speech! Thank you to our walk musician Faith Gladem, our walk MC Clint Starks, QPR trainers Amy Cole and Barry Erath, all of our sponsors, education booths and anyone else we may have missed! Without all of you, the Walk for Hope would not be successful! Thank you all so much for your dedication to our vision, “a suicide-free community where people will recognize the warning signs, intervene, and help individuals find hope.”
The rates of suicide attempts and deaths are higher in our county than state averages. We must all do our part to end the stigma that kills. Attend a free training and learn how to ask a question and save a life. Start the conversation about mental health with your loved ones. Concerned about someone? Text “HOPELINE” to 741741 or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Columbia County residents can call the 24-Hour Emergency Crisis Hotline at 1-888-552-6642 for mental health/AODA crisis.
Suicide is preventable and suicide prevention is everyone’s business. Make it yours. Visit us onFacebook or read more about Walk for Hope 2018 here! If you have any photos you would like to share with us, especially team photos, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to post them on our Walk for Hope website!
Kristal Rykiel RN, BSN
Columbia County Division of Health
Public Health Nurse
Prevent Suicide Columbia County Facilitator
Family and Friends
Rascals and Rockers Dayschool
We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to the following people and organizations who sponsored and donated to our sixth annual Walk for Hope on September 22, 2018. Click on the logos of sponsors below to be directed to their websites.
Portage Community Schools Crawford Oil Joann Alt - Garden of Angels
Poynette School District Lodi School District Fall River School District
Bethany Lutheran Church - Dells Columbus Fire Department Compass Counseling
Aspen Family Counseling Blau Chiropractic Cambria-Friesland School District
Lodi Chamber of Commerce Lodi EMS Pardeeville Piggly Wiggly
Portage Chamber of Commerce Baraboo Chamber of Commerce
SSM Health Dean Medical Group Portage
Journey Mental Health Center
Turning Point Realty
In Loving Memory of Jonathan Hessler
In Memory of
Derek Wesley Bourdeau
05/06/1984 - 07/11/1999
THANK YOU to our teams who raised additional funds for Prevent Suicide Columbia County!
Our Top Fundraisers were:
SSM Health Dean Medical Group Portage $1325
Kris' Krusaders $397
Garden of Angels - Portage
Unit 401 Cambria
Walk for Hope 2018
Logo Design inspired by
Columbia County Public Health student nurse, Stephenie Foster.