Would you recognize suicide risk if you saw it?
don’t ignore the signs, get help
In Dane County we lose 65-70 people each year to suicide; 500 are hospitalized or admitted to emergency departments due to injuries sustained during suicide attempts. Wisconsin lost 917 people in 2017 to suicide. Suicide is the number one cause of violent death: 74% of violent deaths are suicides.
The good news: research tells us that 90% of people who die from suicide have a treatable mental illness or a substance abuse disorder. We know that suicide is often preventable with education, treatment and support. Because suicide is such a complex public health problem the Surgeon General recommends that we engage in prevention strategies community by community to be effective.
SUICIDE CRISIS LINE
Dane County Suicide Crisis Line: (608) 280-2600
National Suicide Prevention Line:
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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).
We are currently focusing on three major program initiatives:
ZERO SUICIDE INITIATIVE
Safe Communities is coordinating a Zero Suicide partnership that includes all area health care systems, as well as community organizations with a role to play in suicide prevention. The initiative is modeled after Henry Ford Health Care System’s program, which demonstrated an 80% reduction in suicide among health care plan members.
SUICIDE PREVENTION GATEKEEPER TRAINING
Safe Communities offers a free training where participants learn the warning signs for suicide, risk and protective factors, theories that drive suicidal behavior, how to offer hope, and how to seek help to save a life.
GUN SHOP PROJECT
Safe Communities launched a replication of New Hampshire’s Project Connect Guns Shop Project in 2016. The program is promoted on Harvard University’s Means Matters website as a means reduction strategy.