Guests: Cheryl Wittke, Executive Director and Jean Papalia, QPR and Gun Shop Project Coordinator, Safe Communities of Madison-Dane County; Meghan Henderson, LCSW, Clinical Specialist, Adult Psychiatry, UnityPoint Health-Meriter
Safe Communities of Madison-Dane County, a non-profit coalition that brings together public and private partners to save lives and make our community a safer place, has embraced the bold goal of zero suicides – working with health care organizations and other partners to encourage frank discussions with people who are at risk of suicide about their plans, and then taking steps together to remove the lethal means of suicide. New thinking supported by evidence-based research is that “means matter” with the focus shifting from the “why” of suicide to the “how.”
On this program, Cheryl Wittke, Jean Papalia, and Meghan Henderson describe the Zero Suicide Initiative, the QPR Training (Question, Persuade, Refer), and the Gun Shop Project in Dane County.
QPR Gatekeeper Training is free to the public and offered during the noon hour one day a month. For more information on suicide prevention and QPR Training, go to
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).