Everyone has a role in suicide prevention. Use these resources to save lives.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is preventable. Take time this month to connect, communicate, and care.
- Connect: Be there for someone who may be disconnected from the world around them. Build a relationship with them.
- Communicate: Show compassion and empathy when talking with others. Listen in an open way.
- Care: Help others understand that whatever they may be going through there are resources available. Connect them to supports.
Warning Signs/How to Help
Know These Numbers
- 755: The number of Wisconsinites who died by suicide in 2014, the most recent year for which we have data. That is 4.5 times the number of people who died as a result of homicide in Wisconsin in 2014.
- 6: The percent of youth who reported making a suicide attempt on the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. About one youth under the age of 20 dies by suicide each week in Wisconsin.
- 43: The percent of people who die by suicide who are reported as being in care at the time of their death.
- 31: The number of health/behavioral health organizations Mental Health America has trained in the past four years on the quality of improvement practice known as Zero Suicide. Zero Suicide has the potential to significantly reduce suicide among persons seen in behavioral health and health care settings.
- 23: The number of local health departments that have selected adolescent suicide prevention as a priority area. They are educating their communities on suicide prevention and promoting best practices.
- 10,373: The number of Wisconsin individuals who utilized HOPELINE in December 2015. HOPELINE is an emotional support texting line. This resource has been utilized by individuals in every county. Users report a significant decrease in stress following contact with HOPELINE.
- 676: The number of clinicians that Mental Health America has trained in Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk, a competency-based training, through a federal youth suicide prevention grant. Upgrading clinical skills is a key component for suicide reduction.
- 25 (and counting): The number of events that are taking place across Wisconsin in the coming weeks that provide an opportunity to learn more about suicide prevention. (SCHEDULE)
Data, Reports, Studies
- Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Strategy, P-00968 (PDF, 3 MB)
- The Burden of Suicide in Wisconsin: 2007-2011, P-00648-2014 (PDF, 4 MB)
Call for Help
Life threatening emergency - 911
National Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Veterans Crisis Line - 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
LGBTQ Crisis Line - 1-866-488-7386
Text for Help
For emotional support and resources to help with any struggle before it becomes a crisis, text HOPELINE to 741741. This is a free service provided by the Center for Suicide Awareness.
- American Association of Suicidology
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- JED Foundation
- National Organization of People of Color Against Suicide
- National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Suicide Awareness and Voices of Education
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- Suicide Safe App for Mobile Devices
- Veterans Crisis Line
- Zero Suicide in Health and Behavioral Health Care