About Us

Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee (PSGM) is a coalition of volunteers representing local agencies and organizations as well as the general community. PSGM is part of the state-wide initiative, Prevent Suicide Wisconsin (PSW). We are a community coalition working together to reduce the number of attempted and completed suicides. We are an open coalition and invite new members who are interested in the cause of suicide prevention. We often refer to ourselves as PSGM for short. We are a no-pressure coalition! To belong can mean you attend a training “here and there” or you run an elaborate workgroup.

PSGM is a program of Mental Health America of Wisconsin, and utilizes MHA’s non-profit status for donations, etc.

PSGM Vision:  Community awareness and education regarding suicide will lead to early intervention and prevent suicide attempts and deaths by suicide.

PSGM Mission:  The coalition promotes suicide prevention by providing education, increasing awareness, and facilitating community collaboration.

Coalition Organization:

PSGM Steering Committee:

The Steering Committee’s responsibilities include coalition leadership, development and implementation of the PSGM strategic plan, and oversight of all PSGM workgroups, programs, training, and information disseminated by PSGM. The Steering Committee will carry out the mission and vision of PSGM, and will ensure that consideration is given to the perspective of all constituents of the coalition.

The Steering Committee holds monthly meetings.

PSGM Workgroups:

Task oriented groups responsible for the implementation of specific PSGM programs, training and/or other objectives.

Workgroups hold task driven periodic meetings.

PSGM Coalition Partners:

Greater Milwaukee community organizations and individuals make up this network committed to an integrated and collaborative approach to suicide prevention consistent with the goals/objectives of PSGM and the Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Strategy. Partners provide input into coalition direction, policies, and activities.

PSGM Coalition Partner meetings are held quarterly in March, June, September, and December.

Friends of PSGM:

Friends of PSGM support and attend PSGM activities, volunteer at PSGM events, help disseminate information on PSGM events, mission, etc.

Coalition Affiliation:

PSGM is a program of Mental Health America of Wisconsin.

Coalition Activities:

Workgroups

We encourage anyone with time, to join a workgroup or suggest the start of a new workgroup that pertains to our mission. Our coalition is fluid and we exist to meet the needs of our community. If there is an area that needs attention, please speak with a Co-chair and we can help you find others who share your passion.

Community Involvement

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training

The coalition uses QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Suicide Prevention as its training tool.

1 ½ hour QPR Gatekeeper trainings to interested groups throughout the community.  Train the Trainer 8-hour certification trainings are offered periodically as well.

As of 5/1/2016, PSGM’s certified trainers then provide QPR Gatekeeper trainers have provided 174 trainings reaching well over 4,400 people in the community.

To schedule a training, contact us at info@preventsuicidemke.com

Community Conferences

We plan, facilitate and host periodic conferences on suicide prevention. This event brings in around 300 people and is a full day filled with expert speakers, trainings, art showings and more.

Out and About in the Community

We are often asked to have a booth or table at a resource fair. We attend these events in order to educate the public about suicide prevention. We are also asked to give presentations regarding suicide prevention at schools, churches, and other venues. We use our pool of expert speakers within PSGM to meet this need.