Prevent Suicide Marathon County exists to enhance effective suicide awareness and prevention through collaborative activities and education to save lives in our communities. The philosophy is simple – the goal is Zero Suicides – if not zero, then what number is acceptable?
We look forward to a county of open communication about mental health, availability of resources and Zero Suicides.
With the COVID restrictions easing, PSMC is in the process of restructuring and growing the coalition as quickly as possible so to be able to be of service to more people in the area. If you would like to be part of the coalition, please feel free to stop in at the next meeting:
- July 20 – Coalition Meeting 12 pm – 212 River Drive Room 3, Wausau (Parks Dept. Building)
Agenda: Walk planning and coalition building
- August 3 – Coalition Meeting 12 pm –
Agenda: Walk planning and coalition building
- August 24 – Coalition Meeting 12 pm –
Agenda: Finalize walk details, development planning, meeting planning
- September 23 – 6:30 pm – Timekeeper Distillery
Walk packet assembly
- September 25 – 7:30 am – Marathon Park Big Kitchen
Walk Set up, registration, clean-up, etc.
Collaborative County Partners
- Healthy Marathon County
- AOD Partnership
- North Central Health Care
- Marathon County Health Department
- Area Mental Health Providers and Services Offered (.pdf)
Needs in the Community for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
The need for increased mental health awareness, education and services is well documented in Marathon County and has become a priority area with youth and adults.
See some examples of this research:
YRBS Survey: The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a questionnaire given to youth in middle and high schools in all 10 Marathon County school districts. This survey provides a look at the thoughts of youth in our communities when it comes to drugs, alcohol, mental health, physical health, tobacco, bullying, sex, safety and more.
Marathon County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP): The 2017-2020 Marathon County Community Health Improvement Plan guides the work of the Marathon County Health Department, Healthy Marathon County, healthcare organizations, local coalitions, and community organizations. Behavioral Health is one of the priorities of Marathon County.
Life Report – Marathon County: The LIFE report provides a wide spectrum of information and data depicting the quality of life in Wausau and Marathon County. Its purpose is to provide a reference for the community to evaluate strengths and weaknesses and identify priority issues. The report, which is published every two years, serves as a tracking vehicle to show how the community has changed over time. The LIFE Steering Committee hopes this report will not only serve as a reference but also as a starting point for community action on the key Calls to Action.
Current Work and Projects
Community Educations and Programs
Members of the coalition are trained in multiple aspects of evidence-based mental health and suicide prevention education programming. Courses vary in length and cost. Click here to view the Course List (.pdf).
School Folder Project
Working with area high schools, PSMC is helping to provide all school faculty and staff with training and information about what to look for and what to do is a student or fellow employee might be displaying signs of depression or suicidal thoughts. The information is provided on a convenient file folder with easy to follow instructions and resources. This project is an adaptation of a similar project completed by UW-Madison was piloted successfully in the D.C. Everest School District. The coalition plans to expand this program to all schools in Marathon County.
Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Walk
Held mid-September each year, PSMC holds its annual Awareness and Remembrance Walk. Average funds are used toward education, support and local projects and programming. The event includes music, door prizes and raffle. Pets and strollers welcome. Survivors of suicide loss and supporters are encouraged to come – as teams or as individuals.
2019 Walk Information
Marathon Park, Wausau, WI
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Registration: 9 am
Walk: 10 am
NAMI Northwoods (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Family Support Group (.pdf) – Serving Marathon, Lincoln, and Langlade Counties
A peer-led support group offering education, resources, and advocacy for family members and caregivers of individuals living with mental illness. They meet at 7pm on the fourth Monday of every month on the second floor of the Marathon County Public Library.