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Date: 8/21/2019 4:01:27 PM

September is Suicide Prevention Month!

In this issue

Suicide Prevention Month Events

Ideas for Action

SPM Toolkit

Support Group Facilitator Training

Survivor Day


Suicide Prevention Month Events 

Every year, Prevent Suicide Wisconsin (PSW) and organizations around the world raise awareness of suicide prevention during September.

  • National Suicide Prevention Week (#NSPW) is September 8-14
  • World Suicide Prevention Day (#WSPD) is September 10

Across Wisconsin, coalitions are busy planning awareness events, coordinating trainings, and sharing stories of hope and recovery through elevating voices of lived experience of suicide. 

Check out our PSW calendar of events and our PSW Facebook events list to find activities near you. If you are hosting an event that is not listed, please email event details to or, if there is a Facebook event for the activity, simply add PSW as a "co-host" and your event will be added to our page.

We are currently building the PSW Suicide Prevention Month webpage to serve as a landing page for all partner campaign resources! Check back as we get closer to September to find new data, sample messages, social media graphics, and more.

Remember: the words we use matter. Encourage others to use helpful instead of harmful terminology when talking about suicide. For more information on language about suicide, visit our PSW Prevention Messaging webpage for a variety of terminology resources. 

sprc-ideas.pngIdeas for Action

This two-page resource, developed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), offers information to help anyone, anywhere get involved in Suicide Prevention Month in September. It includes tips on how to take action to help prevent suicide in your community, such as learning about effective suicide prevention, sharing stories of hope, and empowering everyone to #BeThere for those in distress.  


Suicide Prevention Month Toolkit nspw.png

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has created an online tool kit for September filled with lots of useful content you may use, including:

WATCH short, informative videos

SHARE images, and other goodies on social media

READ blogs featuring personal perspectives on mental health, and expert guidance on how to have a #RealConvo

TAKE ACTION and get involved in the cause

Suicide Bereavement Support Group Facilitator Training

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Facilitator Training Program offers suicide prevention organizers a way to create and facilitate a community support group for suicide loss survivors in the aftermath of a suicide. Courses are offered as two-day trainings, of up to 36 attendees, and include lecture, interactive discussion, and role-playing. They are led by experts in the field of suicide bereavement. 

Green Bay, WI November 8 & 9
DATES: Friday, November 8, 2019 and Saturday, November 9, 2019
LOCATION: Springhill Suites Marriott
1011 Tony Canadeo Run
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54304
DAY ONE TIME: 1:00 pm- 9:00 pm
DAY TWO TIME: 8:30 am -3:00 pm

Visit the AFSP training event page for more information. 

For questions about this event, contact Carrie Breitenfeldt at or Gena Orlando at

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is November 23, 2019. Each year, the AFSP supports hundreds of large and small Survivor Day events around the world, in which suicide loss survivors come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience. While each event is unique and offers various programming, all feature an AFSP-produced documentary that offers a message of growth, resilience and connection.