La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative

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The La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative is committed to promoting awareness that suicide is a public health problem that is preventable. Feel free to browse our website for useful information and upcoming events.


MISSION STATEMENT

The La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative is committed to promoting awareness that suicide is a public health problem that is preventable. Our goals are:

Education

To increase awareness about suicide prevention throughout the greater La Crosse community through:

  • The annual Suicide Summit
  • The annual Awareness Walk
  • The annual Dance for Hope
  • Ongoing QPR Training
  • Distribution of written information via the SPI Website and numerous educational events and fundraisers

Advocacy

To support and establish legislation at the state and national levels related to:

  • Suicide Prevention
  • Mental Health Insurance Parity

Access

To increase access to care for at-risk populations by:

  • Reducing the stigma associated with help-seeking
  • Raising the public's knowledge of risk factors for suicide, the warning signs, and preparedness to respond

Safety

To assist communities in creating suicide-safe environments by:

  • Providing information to obtain gun locks and encouraging safe storage of firearms
  • Supporting pill collections where community members can safely dispose of unused medications.
  • Providing information regarding Crisis Intervention resources.

NEWS

Surviving Suicide: The Difference Between Being Spared or Being Saved (09/07/2015)
read the full story here

Story of Survival: "Redemption" by Dese'Rae L. Stage (Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Contest)
read Stories of Survival

Suicide Prevention Investment Needed to Reverse Trend of Increasing Suicide, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Statement on Latest CDC Report, 10/08/2014
read article

New Data Issued by the CDC Releases 2011 Suicide Statistics Showing Continued Rise in Suicide Rate (06/25/14)
read article

A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives (2014)
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Preventing Suicide:
A Global Imperative, Executive Summary (2013)
click for PDF