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May 26, 2018

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This week is National Suicide Prevention Week

Did you know that, in Wisconsin, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for all ages?

That from 2007 through 2011, there was an average of 724 deaths per year?

Experts believe most people who are thinking about suicide do not want to die. They just want to end the pain.

"It is important to know the warning signs of suicide and to help a friend or other loved one get the help that they need," said Heidi Karns, licensed clinical social worker at Ministry Medical Group, part of Ascension. "Meeting with your health care provider may be a good first step."

When suicidal intent or risk is detected early, lives can be saved.

"It takes strength to get help," assistant County Veterans Service Officer for Oneida County Jason Dailey said. "Mental health conditions can be caused by just one traumatic event or from a series of events. Taking steps to help improve things due to what you have gone through shows how strong you really are."

Sept. 10 through Sept. 16 is National Suicide Prevention Week. Admitting you need help is not a weakness. Asking for help shows strength. Contact your health care provider or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Ministry Medical Group and Oneida County Veterans Services are part of a work group that focuses on suicide prevention and decreasing mental health stigma. The group is made up of community partners that include school districts, health care, private mental health providers, veteran's services, UW-Extension and local health departments. It is also a subset of the tri-county (Forest, Oneida and Vilas) coalition that addresses mental health and alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) called Northwoods COPE (Community, Outreach, Prevention, Education) Coalition.

If interested in joining the work group or hosting a suicide prevention training called Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), contact community health coordinator for Vilas County Public Health Department Tammi Boers at 715-479-3757 or taboer@vilascountywi.gov.

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