Wisconsin suicide prevention plans and initiatives
Wisconsin’s suicide prevention activities are housed within the state’s Department of Health Services (DHS) in partnership with Prevent Suicide Wisconsin (PSW), a statewide public-private partnership and the umbrella organization for suicide prevention efforts across the state. PSW is the result of statewide strategic planning in 2009 that resulted in recommendations to create (1) a statewide “brand” for suicide prevention, a leadership structure, and a statewide coordinator. PSW was formed with an internal steering committee was created to provide the leadership structure, and Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA-WI), in its role as a grantee of DHS, coordinates statewide suicide prevention activities through the PSW Steering Committee, with representation from local coalitions, universities and colleges, advocacy groups, and state agencies. In addition, the state’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI) maintains a Youth Suicide Prevention webpage.
Suicide prevention in Wisconsin is driven by the Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Plan (WSPP), found within the Suicide in Wisconsin: Impact & Response report, released by PSW in September of 2020, which also contains the state’s data on suicide and self-harm.
Crisis lines and 988 implementation
Mental health parity
K – 12 school suicide prevention
Health professional training in suicide assessment, treatment and management
Conversion therapy bans