Oct. 8, Preventing Suicide

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Heard On Route 51

Every day, about 130 Americans die by suicide, the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. National surveys show the number of people who have seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days has increased dramatically since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, with veterans and farmers among the hardest hit. “Route 51” host Shereen Siewert welcomes Sara Kohlbeck, director of the Division of Suicide Prevention at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Brian Michel, director of prevention services at Mental Health America of Wisconsin and Bertrand D. Berger, Mental Health Division manager at the Zablocki VA Medical Cener, for a discussion on suicide prevention strategies for children and adults, with a special emphasis on farmers and veterans coping with suicidal thoughts.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 Available 24/7

The Crisis Text Line: Text “HELLO” to 741741 Available 24/7

Prevent Suicide Wisconsin

Veteran Task Force on Suicide Prevention

Reach Out Wisconsin

Mental Health America of Wisconsin

Episode Credits

  • Shereen Siewert Host
  • Shereen Siewert Producer
  • Brian Michel Guest
  • Sara Kohlbeck Guest
  • Bertrand Berger Ph.D. Guest