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.
Regular meetings of Prevent Suicide Marathon County are held bi-monthly. Other meetings and events are held as needed and are promoted on our Facebook page and on the calendar.
- January 10
- March 14
- May 9
- July 11
- August 8
- Sept. 12 – the week of our Out of the Darkness Walk
- Sept. 14 – the day of the Walk (Saturday)
- November 14 – Planning for Survivor Event
Meetings are usually held at 212 River Drive at 12 pm.
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 and was put together with the help of D.C. Everest Senior High student, Kaitlyn Stroik, and was piloted successfully in the D.C. Everest School District. The coalition plans to expand this program to all high schools and middle schools in Marathon County by the 2017-2018 school year.
Held mid-September each year, PSMC works with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to hold its annual Out of the Darkness Walk. Average funds raised have totaled over $12,000 per year that goes toward research 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 Out of the Darkness Walk Information
Marathon Park, Wausau, WI
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Contact: Faye Bileddo at 715-574-3428 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.