SUPPORT | Suicide ideation recovery requires a community approach. An initial recognition and intervention of suicidal thoughts can be the first step toward a LiFE OF HOPE. Ongoing support services allow for individuals challenged by suicide ideation or attempt to receive the necessary help needed for long-term wellness.

H.O.P.E. PEER SUPPORT GROUPS | Similar to other peer-to-peer support groups, persons experiencing similar thoughts, behaviors, beliefs, and struggles relating to suicidal ideation, within themselves or a loved one, benefit from the autonomous environment of sharing and healing.

Our Peer Support Groups are facilitated by Certified Peer Specialists, Motivational Interviewing Trained individuals, and/or QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer.) Instructors. These mentor style facilitators have successfully supported suicidal individuals and their families (and/or) been trained in suicide intervention. Groups are designed to provide HOPE and healing to those challenged by the topic of suicide ideation or attempt. H.O.P.E. Peer Support Groups are available for FREE to the suicidal individual as well as their loved ones.

H.O.P.E. = Hold On. Pain Ends.

ACTIVE SUICIDE IDEATION – Every 1st and 3rd Thursday (6:00-7:00pm) at the LiFE OF HOPE office.

FRIENDS & FAMILY – Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday (6:00-7:00pm) at the LiFE OF HOPE office. 

NOTE: Peer Support Groups are not intended to take the place of psychiatric health care. LiFE OF HOPE staff and volunteers are not counselors, social workers, or psychologists. If you need assistance locating a mental health professional, contact the LiFE OF HOPE office for a list of referrals within (and beyond) Washington County.

AHA COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS | For some, extended periods of isolation can make it difficult to build new relationships. AHA Community Connections offers a FREE, comfortable atmosphere for expanding a sense of community through healthy activities among fellow adults (ages 18+). As our social circle expands, our sense of connectedness fosters a healthier sense of self.

In short, AHA Community Connections is where individuals, who might otherwise find themselves isolated, come to engage in positive relationships through healthy social activities. Whether you enjoy walking, art activities, Packer parties, movies, games, or taking part in a book club, there is something for everyone. Come as you are. There is no pressure, only acceptance, harmony, and affirmation to encourage your natural desire for belonging.

The AHA activities will begin with a weekly social walking group at the Kettle Moraine YMCA in West Bend.

The registration process is as easy as 1-2-3.

1. Contact LiFE OF HOPE or NAMI Washington County to schedule your registration appointment. NOTE: To participate in AHA, individuals must complete the registration process.
2. Complete the simple registration process.
3. Attend your first AHA Community Connections activity.

AHA is a collaborative program provided by LiFE OF HOPE and NAMI Washington County.

NEXT STEP RESOURCES | The LiFE OF HOPE organization offers a hub to resources and tools to help individuals and families affected by suicide ideation, attempt, and loss. Untreated or mismanaged risk factors can lead to thoughts of suicide and unhealthy behaviors. By introducing protective factors, the healing process can begin.

The Next Step resources program consists of a combination of tools, techniques, and steps.

The LiFE-Experiences Screening – The LiFE-Experiences Screening tool is used to provide suicidal individuals a visual and tangible understanding of the specific risk factors and behaviors contributing toward their ideation. It is this tool that serves as the foundation to a suicidal individuals path toward HOPE and healing. The more authentic and honest the person is during this exercise, the more effective the NEXT STEP RESOURCES program can be in their healing journey. Contact us, Monday-Thursday (9am-5pm) to schedule a LiFE-Experiences Screening.

Connecting Resources for LiFE – With or without the completion of the LiFE-Experiences Screening, LiFE OF HOPE is here to assist you in connecting with area non-profit and for-profit partners. These organizations provide services and support to those challenged by an array of risk factors associated with suicide. LiFE OF HOPE also partners with organizations offering healthy coping skills activities and programs to aid in you and your family’s HOPE and healing journey.

PLEASE NOTE: Most resources within the LiFE OF HOPE network are located in Washington County.

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