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  • Register today for our second annual Gathering on Mental Health, May 12 & 13 at Durward's Glen. Featuring trainings on Creating Trauma-Informed Communities and Honest, Open, Proud: to Address the Stigma of Mental Health. Join us for this remarkable event!
  • 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, school staff, and others. Contact us for more information.
  • Our new public service announcement video, Mental Health Matters, 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!
  • 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.
  • Help wanted: distribute our suicide prevention posters at local gathering spots. Contact us for delivery.
We meet monthly on the third Thursday of the month... all are welcome! Our next meeting is on April 20 at 1pm in Portage at the Law Enforcement Center. We'll have a (rescheduled) special speaker at this meeting: Portage Chief of Police Ken Manthey.

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.

Attention mental health care providers, school staff, 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:

Register today for our second annual Gathering on Mental Health: May 12 and 13 at Durward's Glen
Lodging and scholarships are available. To register or for more information, contact us or visit: www.durwardsglen.org/events.html.

Creating Trauma-Sensitive Communities

Friday, May 12 from10 AM - 4 PM. Registration begins at 9:00 AM. Lunch is included in the $25 registration fee.

Trauma is extreme stress that overwhelms a person's ability to cope. It can be a single event, a series of events, or a chronic condition, such as childhood neglect or domestic violence. Those who experience trauma as children or adults are much more likely to develop problems with mental and physical health and substance abuse. Trauma-informed communities acknowledge the role that trauma has played in people’s lives, recognize the symptoms of trauma, and shift their perspective from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you and how are you coping?"

For anyone interested in recognizing and reducing the effects of trauma, including:
  • Leaders and members of churches, businesses, non-profits, and agencies
  • Service providers in the fields of mental health, healthcare, and social services
  • People living with mental health challenges, their families and friends
  • Community members

Honest, Open, and Proud: Addressing the Stigma of Mental Health
You asked, we listened: a training just for people living with a mental health challenge.

Friday, May 12: 5:30 - 8:30 PM and Sat. May 13: 8:30 AM - noon

Registration begins at 5 PM Friday with snacks. Saturday’s breakfast and lunch are included in the $15 registration fee.

The #1 best practice for eliminating the stigma of mental health is for people living with these challenges is to share their stories. If you have a story to share, you may be wondering who to tell, what to say, and if there are downsides to disclosing. We’ll explore these topics and also take a look at the stories we tell ourselves to discern helpful and hurtful self-attitudes.

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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