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Our Impact

Our "on the ground" approach to Suicide Prevention

The Center for Suicide Awareness started as a small group of people gathered around a kitchen table in 2009 and has grown to a Statewide and Global organization as innovative leaders in Suicide Awareness, Prevention and Training.

The Center for Suicide Awareness approach is designed to empower a community-based approach to suicide prevention. We enable everyone to play a role, creating powerful safety networks to support those in need.

We started our grassroots nonprofit with the vision of working with people in everyday real time/real life situations can prevent suicide,bring awareness, break stigma, and educate where it is needed.

Why Suicide Matters

Suicide is one of the most significant public health issues facing the world today. It has existed throughout history, across all cultures and time periods.

  • At any given time, 1 in 25 people is thinking about suicide to some degree
  • On average, a workplace suicide has a financial impact of over $1,100,000
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that each year approximately one million people die from suicide, which represents a global mortality rate of 16 people per 100,000 or one death every 40 seconds
  • on average, 132 Americans died by suicide each day.
  • It is estimated 1.4 million Americans attempt suicide each year.

People's reasons for thinking about suicide are diverse and complex as each individual is not the same.

  • We have trained thousands of people in skills that can save a person's lives.
  • We have created over 7 Walk for Suicide Awareness across Wisconsin.
  • We have helped over 125 organizations bring Suicide Prevention training into their workplace.
  • We created an award-winning documentary called If You Only Knew What You Left Behind which won a Telly award.
  • We created an emotional support text line, HOPELINE™, which has helped thousands and has saved over 130 lives.
  • We launched Dar June (Sober-Living Facility) in 2016.
  • We mentored 3 local non-profits to create their own mission.
  • We have partnered with the video game industry and have helped thousands on our video game platforms.
  • We have trained numerous first responders in prevention and intervention techniques.
  • We are certified by the FBI Academy as Master Resilience Trainers.

How do we prevent suicide?

Suicide is complex, and so are its solutions. Skilled training is one of the most effective prevention approaches. Along with real life experience. We know that education and life experience are the two factors that break stigma. The Stigma surrounding mental health is one of the leading factors of why people do not disclose their suicidal thoughts.

When people are thinking about suicide, they almost always express their pain in ways that hope others will recognize and help. Training empowers someone to recognize these signs and provide life-saving support to that individual.

Anyone, regardless of background or experience, can learn skills to keep someone safe and alive.

Most importantly, with the right knowledge and skills, the vast majority of suicides can be prevented.

We can all do OUR part.


Testimonials

"The Center for Suicide SOS group is helping us as it gives us a place to meet and talk with other survivors who lost a loved one to suicide. A death by suicide is hard to understand but by talking with the group it has helped us to move forward."

~ J.H.

"I believe I have been with the Center for Suicide Awareness for the past ten years helping in whatever I could do to make known to the public that the Center is here to give support to those lost a loved one to suicide. Having the experience of wanting to end my life because I no longer could bear the pain of depression. By the grace of God I did not complete my route to suicide. I was fortunate that my brain chemistry slowly began to stablize and was helped by a police sargeant who had experience with mental illnesses and helped me back to my family. Because of this experience, I have been able to help families what may have been happening in their loved ones' lives that caused them to consider suicide."

~ G.P.S.

"I am forever grateful to The Center for Suicide Awareness for allowing a platform to tell our daughter's story. Amanda was 26 when she died by suicide 13 years ago. Through the Center, I have been able to try to bring to light her struggles and keep her memory alive. Whether it be in person, one-on-one, large groups, oral or written, her story is very important to our family. She will always be our daughter and must not be forgotten."

~ J.R.

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