Kenosha County Suicide Prevention Initiative

Project Overview (PDF)

7th Funding Cycle Impact Award

    Project Start Date:    January 1, 2012
    Project End Date:      December 31, 2016
    Award Amount:         $748,267

Project Goal Statement: To reduce the number of poisonings, suicides and self-harm in Kenosha County through supporting evidence based interventions that work to increase screening, referrals and treatment.

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  Community Partners:

Primary Community Partner: Cynthia Johnson, Kenosha County Division of Health
Additional Community Partner Organization Names:

  • American College of Emergency Physicians-Wisconsin Chapter
  • Aurora Health Care Kenosha ED
  • Carthage College
  • Dayton Residential Care
  • Division of Aging and Disability Services-Resource Center
  • First Step Services, Inc.
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Gateway Technical College
  • Holy Spirit Community Church
  • James A Lovell FHCC
  • Just Live Inc.
  • Kenosha Community Health Center
  • Kenosha County Aging and Disability Resource Center
  • Kenosha County Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Kenosha County Sheriff Department
  • Kenosha Human Development Services-Crisis
  • Kenosha National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Kenosha Police Department
  • Kenosha Unified School District
  • Mental Health America of Wisconsin
  • Oakwood Clinical Associates, Inc.
  • Pleasant Prairie Police Department
  • Rogers Memorial Hospital
  • Racine National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • United Hospital System-Kenosha Medical Center ED
  • United Hospital System-St. Catherine’s Medical Center ED
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • Wheaton Franciscan Health Care
  • MCW Department of Emergency Medicine; Injury Research Center
  Academic Partners:

Primary Academic Partner: Amy Zosel, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine
Additional Academic Partners:

  • Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, Department of Emergency Medicine; Injury Research Center
  • Amy Schlotthauer, MPH, Department of Emergency Medicine; Injury Research Center
  • David Clark, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
  Project Progress Summary Reports:
  Affiliated Web Pages:
  Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)
  • Articles
    • Article in the Children’s Society of Wisconsin newsletter about cable gun locks (June-August 2012)
    • Featured in two articles in the Kenosha News on the Survivors of Suicide Support Group
  • Outreach Materials / Events
    • Developed and distributed Cable Gun Lock brochures and an ad on cable gun locks in local free weekly publications
    • Distributed the coalition’s annual report
    • Radio interview on cable gun locks and Clergy Summit
    • Developed medication collection site brochures in Spanish and English
    • Developed a Clergy Summit toolkit which is shared on the Prevent Suicide Wisconsin website
    • Conducted a Heroin Summit in Kenosha County
    • Conducted QPR trainings
    • Presentation on the Clergy Summit at the statewide Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference
    • Hosted two Clergy Summits
    • Continued to offer numerous community-specific resources, including the Community Resource Card, Counseling Services Sheet, Mental Health Guide, Clergy Summit Toolkit, Medication Collection Dropbox and Survivors of Suicide packets
    • Conducted QPR trainings with over 3200 community members and professionals (as of August 2015)
    • Conducted community presentations at the Communities in Action Conference and at mental health agencies
  • Presentations
    • Presented project information and updates to the Kenosha County Board of Health (2012 and 2013)
    • Conducted Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) trainings for community organizations and members (January-September 2012)
    • Presentation at the state Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference (2013)
    • Presentation on the PDMP survey findings at the 2015 North American Congress on Clinical Toxicology (October 2015)
    • Presentation on SDART at the American Public Health Association Conference (November 2015)
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