Task force working to prevent suicide among first responders and veterans

(WKOW) — A state task force is looking into how to prevent suicide in Wisconsin.

Today, the 15-member task force held a meeting in Eau Claire focusing on the suicide rates among law enforcement, first responders and veterans. Those are three segments of the population with higher rates of suicide.

Members of the state departments of justice, corrections and military affairs spoke about what they’re doing to help their colleagues struggling with suicidal thoughts.

One woman who was at the meeting and runs a personal coaching business says she believes these meetings will yield real results.

“It was inspiring to me because any one of these kinds of meetings anywhere in our state could generate the next great idea that would make a difference,” said Holly Hakes from ReaLiving.

The task force is gathering information in order to identify best practices, which will be included in a report and plan for the next legislative session.

 

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