Youth suicide in Southeastern Wisconsin remains a health crisis that can affect us all.
For every kid who dies, 11 others attempt suicide. In Wisconsin, Latina girls are twice as likely to attempt suicide. A 2013 survey of Wiscosnin high school students showed 1 in 7 teens said they had seriously considered suicide.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has a list of Suicide Prevention Resources for teachers that we have shared with our staff and made available to you.
Find other resources and warning signs below:
WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDE: The more signs someone shows, the greater the risk.
- Talking about wanting to die
- Looking for a way to kill oneself
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
WHAT TO DO:
- Wisconsin resident? TEXT 741741 (Read more about the HOPELINE here)
- Crisis Lines
- Dial 9-1-1 or (262) 741-3200 or (800) 365-1587
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255). Your call will be routed to the crisis center nearest to your area.
- Do not leave the person alone
- Remove guns, drugs, sharp objects, and alcohol from the home
- Take the person to the Emergency Room for immediate help
- Seek help from a mental health professional
- Reach out to:
- Mental Health America of Wisconsin • www.mhawisconsin.org/
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center • www.sprc.org
- Prevent Suicide Wisconsin • www.preventsuicidewi.org
- Helping Others Prevent and Educate about Suicide • www.hopes-wi.org
- American Association of Suicidology • www.suicidology.org
- WI Safe and Healthy Schools Training Center • www.wishschools.org