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. 
  • 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 sixth annual Walk for Hope will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 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 at Divine Savior Healthcare Classroom C. Please call 608-697-0374 for more information.
  • We support local healthcare providers in educating families about means restriction and the importance of follow-up care and referring clients to resources.
  • We have provided scholarships to support mental health crisis training for law enforcement in Columbia County and mental health counselors.  
  • 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 vision

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


​Prevent Suicide Columbia County is on Facebook!  Please visit and "Like" our page!

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.

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.