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NAMI Fond du Lac presents Suicide Awareness Program

On Thursday August 7th, Barb Bigalke, Executive Director of the Center for Suicide Awareness based in the Fox Valley, will be hosting a panel presentation on the multidimensional aspects of suicide; the family, community and individual experience. This program is free, open to the public, and will be held at the Fond du Lac Public Library, Eugene G. McLane Meeting Room at 6:30 P.M.  Bigalke will present topics such as warning signs of suicide, what to do when you think someone is at risk, how kids can recognize what stresses them (i.e. bullying) and a how to cope with the pressures, what “active caring” looks like, and other tools and resources. A panel comprised of family members affected by suicide will discuss their personal journeys. The presentation will be interactive and there will be an opportunity for questions.  

            Wisconsin’s suicide rates exceed the national average.  Each year roughly 629 individuals successfully commit suicide in the state of Wisconsin, and there is an average of 4,944 suicide related hospitalizations.  Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 20-24 year olds, and more teenagers and young adults die each year from suicide than from all medical illnesses combined.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, factors that contribute to suicide include a history of child abuse, prior suicide attempts, history of health problems (either physical or mental), alcohol or substance abuse, impulsive or destructive tendencies, feelings of hopelessness, isolation from others, or an unwillingness to seek help due to stigma attached to suicidal thoughts. There are many protective measures that communities can offer to help prevent and reduce the rates of suicide. Barb Bigalke started the Center for Suicide Awareness in 2012 and her goal is to bring attention to the often taboo subject of suicide. The Center provides support groups, peer to peer support, training and education, and an annual walk for suicide awareness.

Please join NAMI Fond du Lac on August 7th to learn more about this important topic. 



NAMI Programs for July:

Quiet July for NAMI Fond du Lac leads to a busy Fall.  The July calendar for NAMI Fond du Lac and Friendship Corner is attached.   The annual NAMI Fond du Lac raffle drawing this year rose just over $8000.  Thank you to all who donated and/or purchased raffle tickets.  3rd Annual “5K Run/Walk For Wellness” is September 13.  Please register at  All proceeds will benefit NAMI Fond du Lac.


New programs in July at Friendship Corner include Exploring Employment on Tuesdays, Art Healing on Wednesdays, and Relax 101 on Fridays.  Each group is led by student interns/volunteers.  See the description for each and time on our monthly calendar at   Walking group on Wednesdays features a friendly competition of step counting.  Person with most total step counts for Wednesday’s walking group and run/walk on September 13 will receive food related gift cards.


Thursday, July 17 – NAMI Family Support Group at 6:30 p.m.   This gathering is offered monthly by NAMI affiliates, free of charge, in a confidential and safe setting at Friendship Corner and is run by volunteer facilitators who are also family members living with mental health challenges in their lives.  Group discussion and interaction will be encouraged.

-          Wednesdays, August 6th-September 10th - NAMI Basics for Professionals at 6:30 p.m.  NAMI Basics is a free, six-week, peer-directed education program developed specifically for professionals who work with children such as group home employees, foster parents, day care providers, social workers, etc. who have either been diagnosed with a serious mental illness/serious emotional disturbance or who are experiencing symptoms, but have not yet been diagnosed.  Please contact Anne Henry 920-960-7243 or Laura Rau 920-313-0161 to register.

-          Thursday, August 7 – Suicide Awareness presentation at 6:30 p.m. at Fond du Lac Public Library.  Barb Bigalke, Executive Director for Center for Suicide Awareness in Kaukauna, WI will be giving a free presentation on suicide awareness in Eugene G. McLane Meeting Room.

-          Tuesdays, September 2nd-November 18th.  NAMI Family-to-Family is a free 12-week education program for families, close relatives, and friends of individuals with serious mental illness.  Taught by trained NAMI family members, the course provides caregivers with vital information about specific mental illnesses and their treatments, communication and problem-solving techniques, coping mechanisms, and the self-skills needed to deal  with their loved one’s mental illness as well as its impact on the family.  Call 920-979-0512 to register.

Tuesday, October 7 - Dr. David Mays presenting at Marian University during Mental Illness Awarement Week. More details and registration info still to come.

Tony Sabel NAMI Coordinator



Friendship Corner Telephone Number 920-922-0566

NAMI Fond du Lac Telephone Number 920-979-0512

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Fond du Lac County 24 Hour Crisis Intervention Line 920-929-3535

Last Updated: July 22, 2014

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