Suicide Prevention Strategy
New resources on suicide prevention are available here
Story of Survival
"Redeemed" by Dese'Rae L. Stage
(Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Contest)
I tried to kill myself in the summer of 2006. I was 23. I spent a month deeply entrenched in an exhaustive cycle of breaking up and getting back together with Emma, the girl I'd loved for three years...
read the full story here
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The La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative is committed to promoting awareness that suicide is a public health problem that is preventable.
To increase awareness about suicide prevention throughout the greater La Crosse community through:
- The annual Suicide Summit
- The annual Awareness Walk
- The annual Dance for Hope
- Ongoing QPR Training
- Distribution of written information via the SPI Website and numerous educational events and fundraisers
To support and establish legislation at the state and national levels related to:
- Suicide Prevention
- Mental Health Insurance Parity
To increase access to care for at-risk populations by:
- Reducing the stigma associated with help-seeking
- Raising the public's knowledge of risk factors for suicide, the warning signs, and preparedness to respond
To assist communities in creating suicide-safe environments by:
- Providing information to obtain gun locks and encouraging safe storage of firearms
- Supporting pill collections where community members can safely dispose of unused medications.
- Providing information regarding Crisis Intervention resources.