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Multiple Suicide Prevention Events Planned in La Crosse this week

The La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative is hosting a free community event in Riverside Park Wednesday, and a daytime summit followed by a free community presentation on Thursday.

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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.

Memorial Display at Suicide Prevention Awareness Event

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.

Find more info on The La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative here and learn more about all the events by clicking here.

Tracy has worked at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 2004. She is half of the Z93 Morning Buzz with Brittany and Ballzer and coordinates Z93's charity, Zcare. She writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse and announces for the Mississippi Valley Mayhem Roller Derby team.

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