The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is committed to addressing the problem of suicide in Wisconsin. Research and science provide strategies to save lives.
National Suicide Prevention Week
Everyone has a role in suicide prevention. Here are five steps you can take in five minutes to save lives.
Take 5 To Save Lives
- Learn the signs: Take a few minutes to learn the warning signs of suicide. Help is available.
- Join the movement: Use social media updates to spread the message of suicide prevention. Use hashtags #suicideprevention and/or #preventsuicide
- Spread the word: Make a commitment to tell five people about World Suicide Prevention Day, which is September 10, 2015
- Support a friend: Know what to do when someone you know is struggling.
- Reach out: Learn how to get help if you are concerned about your own thoughts and feelings. Know you are not alone.
Released in 2015, this plan calls for a smarter, more intentional investment of state and community resources to save lives. It is not a state directive. Rather, it is framework for public-private partnerships to address the problem of suicide. This plan is a product of Prevent Suicide Wisconsin, a group that includes representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and other state agencies interested in suicide prevention as well as local suicide prevention coalitions, survivors of suicide loss and suicide attempts, and other individuals with expertise in suicide prevention.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services does not testify to, sponsor, or endorse the accuracy of the information provided on the following webpages. The information on these webpages is for educational purposes only. The diagnosis and treatment of depression and other psychiatric disorders should be performed by health care professionals.
- 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
Call for help
- Life threatening emergency - 911
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Veterans Crisis Line - 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
- General Information on Local Mental Health Services - 211
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.