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Date: 8/9/2018 8:35:44 AM

Coalition Survey, Suicide Among Farmers, & More

In this issue

Coalition Survey

Farmer Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Month 

Suicide Prevention Messaging

PSW Conference-Save the Date

Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training & Survivor Workshop

New Webinars

Hmong Health Summit 

TRANSforming Faith

QPR Training of Trainers


Coalition Survey

Last week, the annual coalition survey was sent to all of our identified Prevent Suicide Wisconsin coalition leaders. If you are not currently listed on our website or believe you should have received the survey and you did not, please email Leah at leahr@mhawisconsin.org. 

Suicide Among Farmers Prevention Request

We've been beginning to engage with suicide prevention initiatives for special populations and one of these populations is the farming community. We know of a few efforts that exist in Wisconsin, but we would love to learn about and support more! If you are involved with any current initiatives related to farmer suicide prevention, please email Leah at leahr@mhawisconsin.org.

Suicide Prevention Month Events 


September is right around the corner! The theme for World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 is Working Together to Prevent Suicide, so we're working together with you to reach every Wisconsinite with a message of hope. That means we need your help filling the calendar for Suicide Prevention Month, Week, and Day! If your coalition is hosting events or trainings throughout the month, send them to Leah at leahr@mhawisconsin.org. If your event is on Facebook, share it with our PSW page! Stay up to date via our Facebook event list or website calendar


Messaging from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention 

During the second week of September (which serves as National Suicide Prevention Week), the Action Alliance and partners will be coming together to inform the public about the simple actions that can support someone in crisis and potentially help save a life. The Action Alliance is asking you and organizations across the U.S. to step up to educate the public about the role anyone, anywhere can play to #BeThere there for someone who is struggling or in crisis. There are many ways to join and promote this collective effort!


  • Sign up for the Thunderclap campaign
  • Use the collective hashtag #BeThere when posting social media messages about being there for others who are struggling or in crisis
  • Visit the website to access information about partner campaigns focused on being there for others
  • Join the live Twitter Chat (#ElevateTheConvo #Bethere) on August 23 at 8:00 pm ET
  • Add your name to the partner page so the public is aware of the #BeThere collaboration

If you have questions about developing safe and positive messages and/or wish to become involved with the Action Alliance's shared effort, and are not already, please email ktorguson@edc.org.

PSW Conference 2019- Save the Date

Mark your calendars! The 9th Annual Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference will be held on May 2-3, 2019, at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells.

Conference planning is already underway and we're excited to come together again to provide a space for partners, coalitions, and other stakeholders interested in suicide prevention to build on our collective work. If you are interested in getting involved with the planning process for the 2019 conference, please email Leah at leahr@mhawisconsin.org. 

Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training and Survivors Workshoppic_suicide-bereavement.png

September 19, 2018, at the Pyle Center, Madison

This training is presented by UW-Madison Continuing Studies in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Division of Care and Treatment Services (DCTS). The program is designed for mental health professionals who provide grief therapy for suicide loss survivors. It will consist of a focused overview of the impact of suicide on loss survivors and the clinical and support responses needed after a suicide occurs. 

Registration is required. A discounted registration fee is available for nonprofit agencies, public sector organizations, and government agencies. Click here for more information. 

September 18, 2018 at the Pyle Center, Madison

A free community workshop, Grief after Suicide, will be offered the night before the clinician training specifically for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide. Registration is not required, but space is limited. Click here for more information. 

New Webinars

The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S) hosted a webinar on Suicide & Bullying: Preventing Suicide through Collaborative Upstream Interventions. Access the recording and slides here

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) hosted a webinar on Developing and Delivering Effective Suicide Prevention Messaging: We All Play a Role! Access the recording here. 

Hmong Health Summit and Certificate Program

August 17-18, 2018 at 1255 Deming Way, Madisonhmong-health-summit.png

Providers, health care professionals, health care team members and anyone interested in learning to better serve the Hmong community are invited to attend the Hmong Health Summit. Click here for more information. 

Additionally, the Hmong American Certificate Program is being offered as a joint partnership between The Hmong Institute and Edgewood College to further enhance providers' knowledge and skills as they invest in providing culturally relevant services to the Hmong American community. It meets five Saturdays in October and November in Madison. Click here for more information. 

TRANSforming Faith Conference

August 18, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, Madisonpic_transforming-faith.jpg

Join trans youth, parents, allies, and people of faith as we come together for this conference dedicated to strengthening the understanding between transgender youth, their parents, and their faith leaders. There will be panel discussions, breakout groups, topic workshops, and a keynote from Sarah McBride, a transgender rights activist and National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign. Click here for more information. 

qpr-logo.pngQPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Training of Trainers 

Safe Communities MDC is offering a QPR Instructor Certification Course on September 7, 2018, at Madison East Police District. Click here to register. 

Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee is offering a QPR Instructor Certificate Course on October 29, 2018, at the Tannery Business Center, Milwaukee. Click here to register.


 As always, thank you for partnering with us to prevent suicide in our state.