The HOPES Award is presented annually at the PSW Conference to an individual or organization who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to suicide prevention in Wisconsin. The HOPES Award is dedicated to Helping Others Prevent and Educate About Suicide, a group of suicide loss survivors who spearheaded Wisconsin’s suicide prevention efforts for 19 years.

2020 HOPES Award Winners

Barb Bigalke founded and is the Executive Director of The Center for Suicide Awareness, a 501 c 3 nonprofit, located in Kaukauna, WI. She is certified in the Mitchell Model for Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Postvention, De-Briefing and Group and Individual Crisis Intervention.  She completed CIT training and is part of the Manitowoc County CISM team. She is certified by the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) in Crisis Response Team Training. She is an FBI Academy certified Master Resilience Trainer. Barb created the first Text Based Support Line to WI called the HOPELINE. She is a certified QPR instructor. She is certified by the Wisconsin Brain Institute in Brain spotting. She holds certifications in Trauma Informed Care and Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality. She is a certified facilitator by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Barb holds degrees in Psychology, Human Development and Mental Health Counseling, as well as a Certified Kinesiology Practitioner. Barb founded 7 Walks for Suicide Awareness across WI. Prior, Barb worked for the Department of Justice Menasha Police Department and directed the Victim Crisis Response Team for Law Enforcement. She currently is on the Board of The Victim Crisis Response Team and Genesis 360 Autism Work.


Barbara Moser is a board-certified family practice physician who spent the majority of her 32 year medical career providing integrated medical and behavioral health care for college students. Over the past 12 years she has been a strong advocate for emotional wellness and suicide prevention in the Greater Milwaukee region. During her time at UW-Milwaukee, Barbara was actively involved in campus suicide prevention education and outreach, and directed UWM’s SAMHSA Garret Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention grant from 2012-2016. Barbara is an ongoing active member of Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee, served on the coalition’s steering committee from 2012-2019, and chaired and co-chaired the coalition after retiring from active clinical care from 2016 through this past December. As a QPR trainer and master trainer, Barbara has provided suicide prevention education to a multitude of public audiences and community organizations. Barbara is an Executive Committee member of WISE (Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination), and is a board member of Giving Voice to Depression and the AB Korkor Foundation for Mental Health.

Living with her own lifelong major depressive disorder, Barbara discovered the practice of Mindful Self-Compassion for herself in 2016. Mindful Self-Compassion practices have become a key resource for her own emotional regulation, balance and resilience. In 2019, Barbara became a Trained Teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion in San Diego and appreciates being able to share these practices with others. She has come to think of Mindful Self-Compassion as upstream suicide prevention. Barbara loves spending time with her family, including her animals.