Suicide Prevention Highlighted At Weekend Occasion in Milwaukee | WUWM 89.7 FM

Well being officers are hoping to gradual the rise in Wisconsin suicides seen over the past decade. The state Division of Well being Providers studies 861 individuals in Wisconsin died by suicide final yr.

Over the weekend, as a part of Nationwide Suicide Prevention Consciousness Month, the Milwaukee Workplace of Violence Prevention held an data session at Sherman Park.

Nineteen-year previous Amaii Collins advised the group that she grew to become very depressed about her then-situation and think about of her future throughout highschool. Collins mentioned she stopped laughing and remoted herself from her pals.

“So, once I was lastly prepared to love disappear and the whole lot like that, I ended up taking a bunch of drugs and the whole lot like that. However, I am nonetheless right here, so it was unsuccessful,” Collins mentioned as the group cheered.

Collins mentioned the incident didn’t finish her despair. However quickly after, Collins went to an after-school dialogue about psychological well being, the place she mentioned she associated nicely to a different younger girl’s tales and cried. Collins additionally mentioned she realized to speak about her emotions.

Immediately, she’s a psychological well being advocate and on observe to turn into a supervisor at a division retailer.

Chuck Quirmbach

Vaynesia Kendrick at Saturday’s occasion at Sherman Park.

Vaynesia Kendrick mentioned a number of years in the past she additionally had what she calls a second of despair. She advised pals about it, they usually known as the police. Kendrick left her dwelling and averted the authorities, however she mentioned she got here to understand what her pals did.

“Actually realizing, man, to know they known as the police, however they care sufficient that my life remains to be right here and I am nonetheless residing,” Kendrick advised WUWM.

Kendrick is now a group outreach specialist for adolescent suicide with the Milwaukee Well being Division and Violence Prevention workplace. She mentioned she usually thinks how her daughter would by no means have been born if she had gone forward with suicide. “That is a legacy I’d have stopped due to one resolution,” Kendrick mentioned.

Kendrick urges individuals to make use of native psychological well being teams, businesses, nationwide hotlines or texting numbers, particularly in the event that they’ve simply misplaced a beloved one or a job.

And Kendrick mentioned whereas the weekend occasion centered on getting the phrase out to the Black group, suicide is a common concern.

“It is a Sherman and Burleigh downside. It is a South sixteenth Avenue downside. It is a Wauwatosa downside. It is a state of Wisconsin downside. It is a United States downside, it is a international downside,” Kendrick mentioned.


Chuck Quirmbach

The Milwaukee Well being Division’s Neighborhood Care-A-Van at Saturday’s occasion.

State and federal statistics present that males are three to 4 occasions extra more likely to commit suicide than girls, with larger charges within the white group than different racial teams.

Entry to deadly means like firearms or unlawful medication will increase the chance of self-harm.

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