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Ending Deaths of Despair Curriculum

our new task force in Dane County

Ending Deaths From Despair Coalition

Learn how to help the community

Do you want to help the community? Do you want to learn more about how to prevent deaths of despair in Dane County?

Review this content to learn more on suicide and the opioid epidemic to better understand the issue, and how you can make a difference.

This vision for this curriculum is that it’s meant to be accessible at any point so you can review bits and pieces as you have the time. Some of the content will be self-study and some of it will be linked to upcoming webinars. Once a webinar has happened, no worries if you missed it – it will be recorded for you to review after!

Safe Communities is not a counseling or crisis center and does not provide direct services. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


our upcoming webinar events

how to access our webinars

At the scheduled time of the webinar you’d like to watch, use this live streaming link to the live broadcast which can be used for the entire webinar series:

These are the other ways you can watch the broadcast as well:

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Treatment Key

Safe communities has complied a list of abbreviation definitions for finding the right treatment for you.

MAT: Medication for Addiction Treatment.
OP: Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends. individual and group therapy, these can include or not include MAT.
IOP: Intensive Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends individual and extended groups, 9-12 hours a week.
Residential: person lives at the facility for a period of at least 14 days, some last as many as 45 days.
PHP: Partial Hospitalization Program is a structured mental health treatment program that runs for several hours each day, three to five days per week.
DBT: Dialectical behavior therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that integrates mindfulness techniques.