MILWAUKEE COUNTY — September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health Division is taking part in a handful of events to raise awareness.
They include the following events:
- September 17 at 6:30 p.m.: Veterans Health Coalition's Veterans Journey Home Screening and Dinner
- September 19 at 8 a.m.: UWM Military and Veterans Resource Center's Project 22 MKE
- September 22 at 10 a.m.: American Association of Suicidology's Firearms, Means Safety, and Suicide Prevention: A Clinical Workshop
- Setpember 22 at 5:30 p.m.: National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southeast Wisconsin's Question, Persuade, Refer
- September 23 at 9 a.m.: Signs of suicide, asking about suicide, validating feelings, encouraging help, and expediting treatment training
- September 29 at 2 p.m.: Question, Persuade, Refer by CARS Milwaukee County
- September 30 at 4 p.m.: Hoan Alone: Personal Stories from the Bridge Screening and Presentation by Active Minds and UWM University Counseling Services
“This September, I want to remind all Milwaukee County residents facing a crisis that they are not alone and that asking for help is not a weakness or something to be ashamed of,” said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley in a press release. “During these challenging times, it is key that we all recognize and acknowledge the painful struggles that our neighbors all too often have to struggle in silence. Milwaukee County is here to say that you do not have go through it alone."
Milwaukee's Adult Crisis Mobile Team is just one call away for people in need: 414-257-7222. Another emergency number is the HOPELINE Crisis Text Line; just text the word "Hopeline" to 741741. Prevent Suicide Great Milwaukee has a list of other resources on their website.