September is Suicide Prevention Month
Suicide is a serious problem in Wisconsin and occurs among all groups of people. Suicide prevention is everybody's business.
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 late 2019, 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)
Five action steps for helping someone in emotional pain
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Community involvement opportunities
Join the Safe Person campaign
Safe Person campaign members commit to uphold seven promises. Learn the seven promises and get a decal to show your commitment to non-judgmental listening and support.
- 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
- Trevor Project - Support for LGBTQ Youth
- Veterans Crisis Line
- Zero Suicide in Health and Behavioral Health Care