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Get in touch

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. All are welcome.

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Our history

In November of 2012, Columbia County Health and Human Services hosted a Public Health Community Forum to present the data from Columbia County's 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment and engage the community in prioritizing health needs.  Over forty participants attended, representing a wide variety of community interests.  After hearing the data, forum attendees chose preventing suicide and increasing access to mental health services as one of two top health priorities for Columbia County.  (The other top health issue chosen by forum participants, reducing the use of alcohol and other drugs, is being addressed by the coalition Columbia County Connects to Prevent Substance Abuse.)   A committee was formed in January of 2013 to help plan suicide prevention activities, and a few months later, Prevent Suicide Columbia County was established.  Please see the Columbia County Community Health Improvement Plan (2012-2017) for detailed information on our county's approach to reducing suicide and the use of alcohol and other drugs.    

our vision

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

our Suicide prevention efforts

  • We support and sustain Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training at the gatekeeper and trainer levels to teach community members to recognize the signs of depression and suicide and refer those in need to resources.  Click here for more information about QPR.  Want to teach QPR to others?  Contact us for details.
  • We host annual events, such as our fall Walk for Hope, to raise awareness and allow the survivors of suicide loss to honor their loved ones.  Our fifth annual Walk for Hope was on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Portage High School track. 
  • We facilitate support groups for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, now meeting in Portage on the first and third Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30. Please contact us for more information.
  • We support local healthcare providers in (1) screening clients for suicide risk; (2) educating families about means restriction and the importance of follow-up care; and (3) referring clients to resources.
  • We monitor mental health-related legislative processes and educate legislators regarding suicide and mental health access issues.
  • We implement public information campaigns designed to promote the awareness that suicide is a preventable public health problem and that suicide prevention is everyone’s business. Look for our billboards and PSA videos (shown at the Portage Movie Theatre) on this page.

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.