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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 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 PSA videos on this page.

our vision

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

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.