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La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative hosts 13th annual summit

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative hosted a summit to promote suicide awareness for about 225 doctors, teachers and community leaders at UW-La Crosse.

According to the local organization, about 30,000 people die by suicide every year and it is the 10th most common cause of death in Wisconsin.

Keynote speaker Adam Lesser from Columbia University focused on promoting a six-step question program that people can use to ask someone if they are feeling suicidal. It is called “The Lighthouse Project” and it recommends starting with the question: “Have you wished you were dead or wished you could go to sleep and not wake up?” Then it continues with five other questions that one can find on their website.

“My hope is that they will learn where they can find these questions and that they will share that knowledge with people that they work with, live with, go to school with and it will permeate the La Crosse community,” Lesser said.

Locally, people experiencing suicidal thoughts or concerned about someone else can call the Great Rivers’ helpline at 2-1-1.

Marcus Aarsvold

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