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Challenge Coin

The Center for Suicide Awareness created a challenge coin for our veterans with HOPELINE on it. We understand returning home can be hard when someone has sacrificed so much. We give the coins to our local police departments to hand out to veterans in crisis.

Check your MOOOOOOD

We created stress ball “cows” to help with students who may be experiencing stress from school. On the cows, HOPELINE information is printed.

Empty Shoe Memorial

Every year, The Center for Suicide Awareness goes to Madison and places a pair of shoes on the steps. Each pair of shoes represents one person who died by suicide over the past year. This has become tradition for the Center and it makes a visual impact on how tragic suicide can be.

First Responder Wellness

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Forget Me Not Seeds

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HOPE Collection

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Pint Glass

We created bar pint glasses with HOPELINE information on them. Understanding that people in crisis cope with their issues using a tavern/bar, we decided to train bartenders on recognizing signs and symptoms of suicide.

See you at the The Tavern League Conference: 

  •  October 4 – 7, 2021

Podcast

Aaron created the podcast for the Center for Suicide Awareness because talking about it is the first step to breaking the stigma surrounding it. Aaron has said the theme of the podcast is “everyone has a story” Aaron talks with guests from all different backgrounds and stories.

Project Rest

Like in music and in life, a rest is an interval of silence. In a piece of music, a rest is marked by a symbol indicating the length of the pause. We all need to take a moment just rest, pause and reflect. In music and life, the song always continues on. Get involved with how you can take a REST from the stress of everyday struggles and find purpose.

 

Sock it to Suicide

The Center for Suicide Awareness created socks in the hope of spreading the message of HOPELINE and creating awareness for suicide. “Sock it to Suicide”

Suicide Prevention Month

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Support Our Officers

The Center for Suicide Awareness supports Law Enforcement officers and their well being. We show our appreciation for putting their lives on the line every day for the safety of our community.

Video Gaming

The Center for Suicide Awareness recognized the rising issues in the streaming/gaming community. We took the unique approach to expand our trainings and knowledge with mental health and suicide to help those in that community. The Center for Suicide Awareness also attends PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) and has become well known in their diversity lounge with several other diverse organizations. 

See you at PAX!

  • PAX West from September 3-6, 2021
  • PAX Unplugged from December 10-12

Walk for Suicide

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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.

    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.