Suicide Prevention

Greater Milwaukee Area Resource Guide

Prevention is the only weapon our community is equipped with to fight the suicide epidemic happening in our communities. Suicide is final once prevention fails.

As reported in "The Burden of Suicide in Wisconsin," suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the state. There was an average of 724 Wisconsinites that died by suicide each year from 2007 to 2011 (almost a 12% increase from 2001-2006). Nationally, suicide is also the 10th leading cause of death. Every 15 minutes in the U.S., one person dies by suicide (2014).

Thankfully, there is hope. Through prevention, suicide attempts can be thwarted and suicide completions stopped.

Covered In This Post

  1. Eliminate The Stigma
  2. Warning Signs
  3. What To Do
  4. Local Resources
  5. Resources For Vets
  6. Free Suicide Prevention Apps
  7. For Suicide Survivors
  8. Inspirational

1. Eliminate The Stigma

2. Warning Signs

Warning signs someone may be contemplating suicide:

  • Talking about wanting to die or talking about suicide
  • Talking about death or suicide while intoxicated or high
  • Talking about death or suicide and acting anxious or agitated
  • Increased use of alcohol or drug use
  • Dangerous or self-harmful behavior
  • Seeking methods for self-harm or suicide
  • Change in sleeping patterns
  • Feeling hopeless, desperate, trapped
  • No sense of purpose
  • Putting affairs in order
  • Giving away possessions
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Sudden mood changes
  • Sudden calmness
  • Withdrawal
  • Neglect of personal appearance
  • Physical pain
  • Loss of interest
  • Recent trauma or life crisis

3. What To Do

If you personally are experiencing any of the above signs listed above, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1.800.273.8255 or the Milwaukee Crisis Hotline at 414.275.7222 (or contact other resources listed below). If you need help immediately, call 911.

If a friend, family member or acquaintance exhibit any of the above signs, click on the following button and click on 'find the words' to help guide your discussion (and what not to say).

Or, watch the following videos for education & guidance.

How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal:

Teen Suicide Prevention:

Suicide in the Elderly:

More information on Elderly Depression:

4. Local Resources

Wisconsin Suicide Hotlines By County

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Milwaukee: 414.344.0447

Mental Health America of Wisconsin: 414.276.3122

Prevent Suicide Wisconsin

Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee (PSGM): 414.336.7970

South East Wisconsin Grief Network (SEWGN): 414.266.2995

Karla Smith Foundation: 414.520.1561

5. Resources for Vets

Dry Hootch: 414.988.9828 (National Ave.) 414.455.8456 (Brady St.)

Healing Warrior Hearts: 414.374.5433

Homeless Vet Initiative: 414.763.5596

6. Free Suicide Prevention Apps

(Please note: these apps should not replace help from a mental health professional. If you or someone you know may be experiencing suicide ideation, please call your therapist, a crisis line or, if an emergency, 911.)


This App is targeted to Android/iPhone users that are experiencing depression/suicidal thoughts. The app allows the user to choose three people from his/her support system and gives them the opportunity to stay connected with them when the user is feeling sad. MY3 helps the user build a safety plan by asking about his/her support system, reflecting on his/her own warning signs and coping skills, etc.

ASK & Prevent Suicide

This app can be used with an iPhone or an Android and provides information to use as an educational tool. The app's main page gives the user the options of: learning about suicidal warning signs, what to do if the user or someone the user knows is at risk for suicide, suicide prevention crisis lines and learning about their Best Practices Training.

Suicide Safe

This is a free app (that is iPhone & Android friendly) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to use by behavioral health and primary care providers as a learning tool. Click on following button for short explanation of app along with instructions to download to your phone/tablet.

7. For Suicide Survivors

Alliance of Hope: Website/Online Community

"A healing place for those grieving loss after suicide"

8. Inspirational

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