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