Suicide is a preventable public health problem. To this end, the Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention is committed to providing education, overcoming stigma, and promoting awareness of suicide prevention for the benefit of all people in Brown County.
In the past four years, there have been 123 completed suicides in Brown County. In 2012 alone, 34 community members died by suicide, the highest number since 2009.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in Wisconsin.
It is the tenth most common cause of death for all age groups in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin suicide rate is more than three times greater than the state homicide rate, and eight times greater than the number of deaths related to HIV.
Nationwide, one person completes suicide every 15.2 minutes and more than 34,500 die every year.
90% of those who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of death.
The local Suicide Prevention Coalition is working towards the prevention of all suicides in Brown County and is calling on the community at large to become educated about the warning signs of suicide and how to help save a life. (See recent news story on WBAY-TV.)
Currently, a group of 20 local community members have been trained to provide free QPR training in the Brown County region. Through the hard work of these volunteer trainers, the Coalition has provided more than 7,000 community members with this life saving training.
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer:
3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.
As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper, you will learn how to:
Recognize the warning signs of suicide
Get help and save a life
Schedule a free QPR Training:
To schedule this 1.5 hour training for your place of work, social group, or neighborhood, contact Christel Giesen at 920-448-4297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention is comprised of individuals and organizations committed to the prevention of suicide, including:
Brown County Chapter of the American Foundation
for Suicide Prevention
Survivors of Suicide
You can support suicide prevention efforts in Brown County by making a donation to the Coalition for Suicide Prevention, primarily to cover the cost of QPR training and materials. Bellin Foundation serves as the fiscal agent for the Coalition. All checks can be made payable to 'Brown County Suicide Prevention Program Fund' and mailed to the Bellin Foundation at 740 S Van Buren St, Green Bay, WI 54301. Your support is greatly appreciated!
For more information about the Coalition or to become a member, please contact Tana Koss at 920-436-4360 ext. 1252 or email@example.com. If you are concerned that a family member or friend may be contemplating suicide, contact the Crisis Center of Family Services at 920-436-8888 for immediate assistance, 24 hours a day.