We are passing on this helpful update from Mental Health America of Wisconsin. It includes a link to a release from Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), announcing the members of the Speakerís Task Force on Suicide Prevention. The bipartisan task force will make policy recommendations to help reverse the trend of increasing suicide rates in the state.
Chair: Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan)
Vice Chair: Rep. Steve Doyle (D-Onalaska)
Rep. Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh)
Rep. Paul Tittl (R-Manitowoc)
Rep. Nancy VanderMeer (R-Tomah)
Rep. Rob Stafsholt (R-New Richmond)
Rep. Cindi Duchow (R-Town of Delafield)
Rep. Jesse James (R-Altoona)
Rep. Loren Oldenberg (R-Viroqua)
Rep. Tony Kurtz (R-Wonewoc)
Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison)
Rep. Debra Kolste (D-Janesville)
Rep. Jimmy Anderson (D-Fitchburg)
Rep. Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee)
Rep. Beth Meyers (D-Bayfield)
Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) is announcing the members of the Speakerís Task Force on Suicide Prevention. The bipartisan task force will make policy recommendations to help reverse the trend of increasing suicide rates in the state. See the complete list of members here.
The announcement of the new Suicide Prevention Task Force presents an incredible opportunity for MHA and our partners to make a big impact on preventing suicide in our state. While we do not yet have formal policy recommendations, we know what works in Wisconsin. See our policy priorities below. For more information about statewide suicide prevention, please visit www.preventsuicidewi.org.
* Signs of Suicide kits * Sources of Strength * Hope Squad * Provide grants to help implement behavioral health screenings to identify and intervene with students at risk.
See Youth Suicide Prevention: Student Programs here.
* 27 states, plus DC, require training for school personnel. * 9 states require training for health professionals. * See Wisconsin Laws Addressing Youth Suicide Prevention and Intervention here
See State Laws: Training for Health Professionals in Suicide Assessment, Treatment, and Management here.
* Funds to purchase/disseminate gun locks or other safe storage equipment * Lethal violence protection order (14 states) * Background checks and waiting periods for handgun purchases
* Increase loan repayment programs. * Support integration of behavioral health providers into primary care.
See National Projections of Supply and Demand for Selected Behavioral Health Practitioners here.
* Provide grants for coalitions/local health departments to increase public awareness and implement local programs. * Provide funds to support administration of grant programs, if authorized, or to provide additional technical assistance to counties, coalitions, or provider agencies.
See a directory of Wisconsin’s county suicide prevention coalitions here.
See the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s page on Populations here.