Zero Veteran Suicide Initiative

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Suicide is preventable. Collaboration is the key. The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs is a leader in providing benefits to the Veterans of Wisconsin and has joined the fight to combat mental health issues among Veterans. Working together let's achieve a state with zero Veteran suicides.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
Text to 838255
​​​Personalized Peer Support 24/7​​
Mental health resources by county
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Veterans at Heightened Risk for Suicide:
  • • Veteran suicide statistics vary from state to state but on average 20 to 27 Veterans die by suicide daily.
  • • Male Veterans are twice as likely as their civilian peers to die by suicide.
  • • 69% of Veteran suicides are among those age 50 years and older.
  • • Suicide deaths among female Veterans increased by 40% over the last decade.
  • • In Wisconsin from 2007-2011, 680 Veterans died by suicide. This ​accounted for 19% of all suicides among people aged 18 and over.
The WDVA Zero Veteran Suicide Initiative:
  • • Empower Veterans and our communities to prevent Veteran suicide through proactive resourcing and education.
  • • Become an essential mental health resource for Veterans and their family members.
  • • Eliminate Veteran suicide in Wisconsin.​
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 Question, Persuade, Refer Training:​
  • • ​QPR is intended to offer hope through positive action, this is not intended to be a form of counseling or treatment.
  • • Similar to CPR, the basics of QPR are easy to learn and may save a life.
  • • To find out more about the QPR Institute, visit​.
  • • The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs offers local QPR training throughout the state, to find out more information contact Lori Kirchgatter at 608-266-3574  or

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