DATE: December 5, 2005
TO: Local Health Department Injury Prevention Staff
FROM: Injury Prevention Team: Linda Hale (608) 267-7174 firstname.lastname@example.org; Susan Laflash (608) 266-7457 email@example.com; Randy Glysch (608) 261-6879 firstname.lastname@example.org
P.O. Box 237
Oxford, Wisconsin 53952
Telephone: +1 (608)586-5224
- Law Enforcement may respond to calls of suicides/attempts, but are not always involved in all investigations.
- County Human Services/Mental Health/Crisis Team responsible for the county crisis response system required by each county. Also look for a county local Mental Health Association or NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness) chapter.
- School Systems or CESA (Cooperative Educational Service Agency, responsible for student mental health/suicide prevention curriculum development, and who may not be aware of county-wide trends.
- Community Groups such as businesses, Civic, parent, youth, faith-based, aging coalitions, grief counselors, support for persons with disabilities have access to some of the highest risk populations.
- Local coroners or medical examiners are aware of all suicide deaths in a community and may help to increase understanding of trends occurring within certain populations or in causation.
- EMS services, Emergency Department Staff respond and care for those who attempt or commit suicide, and have first hand knowledge of the frequency within a community as well as a commitment to prevention.
- Primary care providers can be encouraged to include questions in their routine health care of high risk populations.
On the following pages you will find websites for information on suicide prevention and risks. You will also find an announcement related to development of a Blue Cross/Blue Shield grant application for local funding targeted at reducing rates of suicide in Wisconsin.Suicide-Related WebsitesAmerican Association of Suicidology http://www.suicidology.org
American Foundation of Suicide Prevention http://www.afsp.org
HOPES (Helping Others Prevent & Educate about Suicide) http://www.hopes-wi.org
SPAN (Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network) http://www.spanusa.org
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program http://www.yellowribbon.org
National Organization of People of Color Against Suicide http://www.nopcas.com/
Suicide Prevention Resource Center www.sprc.org
Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Strategy http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/health/injuryprevention/SuicidePrevention.htm
WISH (Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health) http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/wish/Local Suicide Prevention Funding AnnouncementA grant proposal to develop infrastructure and capacity at the state, regional and local level to enhance suicide prevention efforts is being developed to submit to the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program monies (BCBS) at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
The State Injury Prevention Program is collaborating with the Mental Health Association in Milwaukee County, the Suicide Prevention Initiative (a statewide group working on suicide prevention in Wisconsin), the regional offices (public health and human services area administrators), and the Crisis Network (a group of crisis teams/personnel from a majority of the counties in Wisconsin) to develop the grant proposal, due the middle of December. The funds from the grant would support regional and local structures to better support dissemination of evidence-based programs, practices, resources, training, and education, and a stronger coordination of activities at the state level to reverse the trend of suicide in Wisconsin.
If you are interested in participating in the grant application process, or providing needs assessment or model program information, contact your regional office director as soon as possible.