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About Us                                                   


Our team: We are a group of concerned citizens from a variety of professions ranging from law enforcement, mortician, therapist, educators, religious personnel, medical personnel, and Survivors of a Suicide loss.

Mission statement: Because we value human life, the mission of Suicide Prevention of Iowa County is to prevent suicide through awareness, education, collaboration, and improved access to mental health care.

  • In  January 2018  we have expanded our geographical area due to lack of services and need to include Grant, Lafayette, Richland, Sauk, Crawford and Vernon Counties.

Our Vision is suicide-free communities where people will recognize the warning signs, intervene, and help individuals find hope.

Our Accomplishments (2014-Present)


 Suicide Awareness:

Education & Collaboration:

  • QPR Training - People trained in 2018 - 340 
    • Barneveld School Staff
    • village of Dickeyville
    • Reedsburg Hospital (3)
    • Lancaster City Hall (2)
    • Lands End Leads: Dodgeville (4) and Reedsburg (2) and Stevens Point (2)
    • Cassville Schools Staff
    • Richland Center Hospital (2)
    • Dodgeville High School Staff
  • Added 6 counties (Grant, LaFayette, Richland, Sauk, Crawford & Vernon) & 30 School Districts to Monthly Newsletter
  • Paid for 2 more QPR Trainers to get trained. (Total 10 since 2015)
  • Girls Group (4-5 gr.) in Barneveld- Suicide Prevention, Anger Management
  • School wide focus to Suicide Prevention and Awareness- Dodgeville, Seneca, Highland, Mt. Horeb Schools in addition to consulted with Barneveld School District on mental health focus for the school year.
  • Mental Health Matters in Lafayette County mental health week supplied suicide materials & QPR Trainings. UW Platteville Mental Health Summit collaboration with 5 counties.
  • Partner with David Hosking, Wisconsin VA, to provide monthly Veterans Support Group.
  • On Board that is creating "Mental Health Matters" in Iowa County
  • UW Extension Office of Iowa County & Upland Hills Health, "Farmer Focus, Family Focused". 

Mental Health Access:

  • SOS (Survivors of Suicide) peer support group meetings 2nd Thursday of each month.
  • Veterans Support Group meeting 3rd Thursday of each month @ Upland Hills Health
  • Created brochure of resources for funeral home directors to share with families that are grieving a suicide.


Suicide Awareness 

Education & Collaboration:

  • QPR Training - People trained in 2017:  258 
    • Barneveld EMT
    • Hidden Valley Church (2)
    • MP EMT
    • MP School Staff
    • Montfort (reps from Livingston/Rewey/Cobb) EMT
    • Edgewood College nursing 
  • Present to Community Service Groups - MP Kiwanis, MP School Staff
  • Paid for training QPR Presenters. (5 trained)
  • Updated Suicide Resource Brochures and business cards for schools & community.

Mental Health Access:

  • Day of Bliss (2)- afternoon of free relaxation and art therapy
  • SOS Peer Support group 2nd Thursday of each Month


Suicide Awareness:

  •  Host Suicide Memorial Walk
  • Helicopter Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser
  • Radio Public Service & Newspaper Public Service Announcements that will go throughout 2016.

Education & Collaboration:

  • Launched Campaign with 13 Chamber of Commerce & 12 School Districts
  •  QPR Trained in Iowa Co. - People trained in 2016 over 200 - 
    • Upland Hills Health
    • UW-Extension Office
    • WI Dept of Ag
    • St. Mary's/Paul's Catholic Church 
    • UCC Church Mineral Point.
  • Partnered with Upland Hills Health Also, distributed table top brochure holders to all medical centers in Iowa County displaying the Suicide Prevention Resources in Iowa County brochures.

Mental Health Care Access:

  • Sponsored Art Therapy Sessions for Grief & Loss, along with Stress Relief.
  • SOS Peer Support group 2nd Thursday of each Month


 Suicide Awareness:

  • Fundraiser- Helicopter Golf Ball Drop 
  • Started Suicide Memorial Walk

Eduction & Collaboration:

  • Mental Health Fair with CESA #3
  • QPR Training of Trainers (3 trained in Iowa Co)
  • Survivors of Suicide Support Group Facilitator Training (SOS)
  • Partnership with: Iowa County Sheriffs Department, Upland Hills Health
  • Presented to community action groups & county board committee

 Mental Health Access:

  • Started SOS Support Group

2014   July started the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Iowa County WI

 Suicide Awareness:

  •  Presented to CESA #3 superintendents meeting 
  • Created and printed 1500 suicide resource brochures and distributed them throughout Iowa County.
  • website set up: www.Suicide-IowaCountyWI.org
  • Facebook page: Suicide Prevention Coalition of Iowa County WI
  • Suicide prevention information monthly in Church bulletins, CESA#3 Newsletter, Veterans affairs, Compassionate Friends & ADRC

Education & Collaberation:

  • Partnership with CESA #3 

Mental Health Access:

  • Hired Journey Mental Health Crisis Center to present on mental health issues related to suicide 1x each month.
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