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Council to address suicide prevention efforts

The Council on Health Care Quality and Population Health will continue to address suicide prevention during its Sept. 10 meeting, beginning at 1 p.m. at Society headquarters in Madison.

According to “The Burden of Suicide in Wisconsin,” a 2014 report jointly issued by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and several other organizations, the incidence of suicide increased from 2004 to 2011—with more than 700 suicides per year. Rates were particularly high in northern and western regions of the state, and people age 45-54 and males over age 85 were most at risk for suicide.

Given the high incidence of suicide in the state, the Council is compiling several educational resources for health care professionals.

All Wisconsin Medical Society members are welcome to attend the Council meeting. An agenda and meeting materials will be available in the members-only section of the Society website*, or members may e-mail Casey Pieper in the Society’s Government and Legal Affairs Department or call her at 608.442.3843 for more information.

*(Member log-in is required to access council materials. Click here to access the log-in page. Additional member log-in information is here.)

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