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Ending Deaths from Despair Webinar Series

Upcoming and Past Webinars

Hosted by Ending Deaths from Despair Task Force 

Friday, December 16, 2022

Noon – 1:00 PM
You Can Do It: A Guide to Collaborative Safety Planning

Presenters: Meghan Henderson, LCSW, Clinical Program Supervisor Behavioral Services, UPH-Meriter and Jacob Austin, PsyD, Primary Care Behavioral Health Program Coordinator, Group Health Cooperative

Intended audience: All



Lock, Stock, and Barrel: Coming Together on Firearm Safety and Suicide Prevention with a Physician, Gun Shop Owner, and the Community

Presenters: Dr. James Bigham, MD, MPH – Clinical Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Dept. of Family Medicine and Community Health and Chuck Lovelace, Owner, Essential Shooting Supplies

Friday, November 4, 2022
Noon – 1:30pm

FACTv Webinar Replay:

Intended audience: Clinicians, gun shop owners, policy makers, property managers, school staff, and anyone caring for patients (ex. social workers, medical students, nurses) – everyone welcome!



Preventing Farmer Suicides
Panel Facilitator: Sara Kohlbeck, MPH
Director, Division of Suicide Prevention
Comprehensive Injury Center
Medical College of Wisconsin

Friday, September 23, 2022
Noon – 12:55 PM

FACTv Webinar Replay:

Intended audience: All



Harm Reduction and Chronic Alcoholism
Presenter: John Ewing, MD, Addictionologist
UPH-Meriter NewStart

Friday, July 15th, 2022
Noon – 12:55 PM

FACTv Webinar Replay:

Intended audience: All



The S is Silent in the Black Village: Suicide, The Unspoken Word
Panel Facilitator:  Ms. Charlie Daniel, Founder, AAOC of Safe Communities

Friday, June 17, 2022
Noon – 12:55 PM

FACTv Webinar Replay:

Intended audience: All



Finding a Reason to Live:  Etiology of Suicide and Provider Self-Care
Presenter: Meghan Henderson, LCSW
Clinical Practice Leader in Behavioral Health, UnityPoint Health – Meriter

Friday, May 20, 2022
Noon – 12:55 PM

FACTv Webinar Replay:

Intended audience: Clinicians and helping professionals


other news

Dane County Approves $750,000 Emergency Initiative to Address Opiate & Fentanyl Epidemics

From the Office of Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive, November 18, 2022 The Harm Reduction and Prevention Act, a roughly $750,000 initiative to address opiate and fentanyl related emergencies, will

SSM Health’s ED2Recovery program faces rising overdoses due to Fentanyl

This article originally appeared on and can be found here. Colton Molesky | WMTV-Madison MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – An SSM Health St. Mary’s program is continuing to battle addiction

September 27 “Only Leaves Should Fall” Mini Events

If you are concerned about falling or have fallen in the past, please join us on Tuesday, September 27 at the Triangle Community Ministry or Mt. Zion Baptist Church to


getting involved

The partnerships built by Safe Communities have created a safer community, with more opportunities for education and awareness. We continue to envision a safer future for the people who live in Madison and Dane County, with instances of unnecessary deaths and serious injuries are infrequent, rather than a daily occurrence.


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.