We have lots of exciting updates to share!
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  • Check our new public service announcement video: Mental Health Matters. It is now showing at the Portage Movie Theatre before each movie rated PG or higher. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or your web page!
  • Would you like in-depth professional training on suicide prevention practices? We are offering scholarships to attend upcoming trainings for mental health care providers, hospitals, health clinics, and others.
  • As always, we offer a FREE 60 to 90-minute suicide prevention training for people of all backgrounds... schedule yours today! Learn 3 steps you can take to save a life: Question, Persuade, and Refer to resources.
  • Know a Columbia County middle or high school student who might like to design our 2017 Walk for Hope t-shirt? Encourage them to enter our t-shirt design contest for a chance to win $100. Submissions due in one week: 3/10/17.
  • Help us plan this year's Gathering on Mental Health on May 12 & 13. This short-term planning team next meets on 3/8 at 11:30 in Baraboo.
  • Help distribute our posters! Contact us for delivery.
We meet monthly on the third Thursday of the month... all are welcome! Our next meeting is on March 16 at 1pm in Portage at the Law Enforcement Center. We'll have a special speaker at this meeting: Portage Chief of Police Ken Manthey will discuss Critical Incident Stress Debriefing.

Unable to attend meetings? No problem! Contact us to talk about how we can help your family, agency, or organization address our county's high rates of suicide.

Thank you for your support!
Help distribute our two posters, shown above!
We would be happy to deliver copies of our newly printed posters (11 X 15 inches) for you to display in your workplace, school, organization, or other location. Think breakrooms, bathrooms, waiting rooms, events, and other public or private spaces. Just let me know how many of each of the posters you would like and where to drop them off. Thank you for helping us spread our main messages: You can Prevent Suicide and Your World Needs You.

Mental Health Matters: Our new 30-second public service announcement, stars local talent and was created by a Madison Media Institute student. It is now showing at the Portage Movie Theatre! Please share this video on social media and your website. Check it out on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX5B99P4F8M.

Hospitals, medical clinics, and mental health clinics: learn how to implement initiatives proven to drastically reduce suicide among your clients at the Zero Suicide Academy in Fond du Lac on June 22 & 23. Contact us for scholarships! Zero Suicide practices are urged by JCAHO and other accrediting agencies.

To learn more and watch this 1-minute video "A Hospital CEO perspective on Zero Suicide," go to http://zerosuicide.sprc.org/about
Attention mental health care providers and others: Prevent Suicide Columbia County is offering scholarships to attend any of 3 full-day trainings on April 18 in Wisconsin Dells. All three sessions are pre-conference trainings for the 7th annual Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference: Communities in Action to Prevent Suicide. Please contact me if you are interested in attending one of these trainings:

Save the date: second annual Gathering on Mental Health to take place on May 12 and 13 at Durward's Glen
Plan to join us for this year's Gathering on Mental Health. Friday's sessions will be focused on implementing best practices of Trauma-Informed Care in faith-based communities and other agencies and organizations, while Saturday's sessions include a training for those living with mental health challenges to learn how to tell their stories in a way that reduces stigma. Stay tuned for details and registration!

Want to help plan this year's Gathering on Mental Health? Contact us to join a short-term action team. We meet next on March 8 at 11:30 in downtown Baraboo.
Calling All Student Artists: Design This Year's Walk for Hope T-Shirt and Win $100!

Attention Columbia County students, especially artists, designers and t-shirt lovers: Create a one-of-a-kind t-shirt design for our fifth annual Walk for Hope on September 23, 2017. The winning student designer will receive $100.

The deadline for submissions is next Friday, March 10, 2017.

This contest is open to middle and high school students who live in (or attend a school in) Columbia County.
Thank you for your support!
Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light." --Helen Keller
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