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Suicide in Wisconsin: Impact and Response

Suicide continues to grow as a public health issue in Wisconsin, and support is needed to help inform suicide prevention efforts in the state. Suicide in Wisconsin: Impact and Response is a new report that seeks to mobilize and guide coordinated action to reduce suicide attempts and deaths.

The report, which will be released in 2020, contains the state’s data on suicide and self-harm, as well as its suicide prevention plan, updating the two previous reports, The Burden of Suicide, 2014 (PDF) and the Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Strategy, 2015 (PDF) .

Preview the upcoming report: Suicide in Wisconsin: Impact and Response, P-02478 (PDF)

Suicide in Wisconsin Impact and Response publication


Five action steps for helping someone in emotional pain

  1. Ask: “Are you thinking about suicide?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts. Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks them in a caring way.
  2. Keep them safe: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.
  3. Be there: Individuals are more likely to feel less depressed, less suicidal, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful after speaking to someone who listens without judgment.
  4. Help them stay connected: Studies indicate that helping someone at risk create a network of resources and individuals for support and safety can help them take positive action and reduce feelings of hopelessness.
  5. Follow-up: Staying in touch with someone after they have experienced a crisis or after they have been discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.

Source: #BeThe1To


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Visit the Prevent Suicide Wisconsin webpage for more information about suicide, including warnings signs and factors that increase the likelihood that an individual will die by suicide.

The Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Annual Conference is scheduled to be presented virtually through Zoom September 8-9, 2020. This event is where those interested in suicide prevention in Wisconsin get together to network, learn, and recharge.


Last Revised: June 24, 2020