If you live in or around La Crosse, or have been up to Grandad Bluff, you have most likely seen the La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative billboards and signs.
The signs feature their adopted slogan, “Your Life Matters,” to signify the profound value of each individual life and wanting to reach anyone impacted by thoughts of suicide.
This week, it is hosting multiple suicide prevention events.
Wednesday night is a free community event in Riverside Park. The Suicide Prevention Awareness event will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and features music by Dan Sebranek, dancers from La Crosse Dance Centre and a message from mental health therapist Mary Cortesi.
There will also be refreshments, memorial displays and educational and resource tables.
Another event happening is the Suicide Prevention Summit at UW-La Crosse during the day Thursday, which requires registration.
La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative board member Deb Mahr told Z93 speakers include Dr. Sally Spencer Thomas and Darla Tyler-McSherry.
“That is a morning and afternoon packed full of different breakout sessions, something for everybody from adolescents all the way to the elderly, veterans, men – we even we have a section on just men,” Mahr added.
This year they have added a free community presentation at Viterbo University on Thursday evening.
Dr. Sally Spencer Thomas will be presenting “Be a Shining Light of Hope: Everyone Plays a Role in Suicide Prevention” at Viterbo’s Fine Arts Center’s Main Theater at 7 p.m.