July 8, 2020
Suicide in Fond du Lac County Fact Sheet
A two page flyer with information about how suicidal thoughts, behaviors, and deaths impact residents of Fond du Lac County aims to share the message that while suicide can touch anyone, there are steps we all can take to help someone in distress. Additionally, there are local resources available for those who are struggling, for those who have lost someone to suicide, and for those who want to learn more about what they can do to prevent suicides here in Fond du Lac County and beyond.
Some of the key takeaways from the data around suicide in Fond du Lac County are:
- More men die by suicide than women, but women comprise a higher proportion of emergency department visits and hospitalizations for self-harm injuries.
- The percentage of adults and teens in Fond du Lac County who report having considered suicide has risen in recent years.
- Teens and young adults have higher rates of suicide attempts, while older individuals have higher rates of death by suicide.
- Firearms are used in half of all suicide deaths, with men being far more likely to use this means as women.
It is important to note that the situation is not hopeless. Great work is being done in Fond du Lac County and beyond to prevent suicide, supportive services are available, and treatment can be highly effective.
By understanding some of the basic facts around suicide — such as that there are often warning signs and that asking someone if they are suicidal will not “plant the idea” — and taking some basic steps when you’re concerned about someone, WE ALL CAN INSTILL HOPE AND PREVENT SUICIDES.
Pathways To Care
Pathways to Care is a mental health resource guide that aims to help individuals in Fond du Lac County:
ACCESS crisis phone & text lines.
CONTACT local providers & support services.
DISCOVER other options for those who are struggling with their mental health.
In addition to the interactive online version, printed copies as available and can be provided upon request.
QPR Suicide Prevention Training
QPR is a 60-90 minute training offered for free to any organization or group in Fond du Lac County. Both on-site and virtual training are available. Community sessions that are free and open to the public are also offered at the FDL Family YMCA throughout the year. Easily request a training or register online.
Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group
Survivors of Suicide Loss is a monthly peer-led support group in Fond du Lac for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, no matter how much time has passed. New members are always welcomed. There is no cost to attend. Learn more and register online.