Suicide rates have exploded in Fox Valley. A new report explores why.

Suicide rates rose 66 percent in the Fox Valley between 2010 and 2018, sparking a mental health crisis and, with it, a need for solutions.

Suicide rates rose 66 percent in the Fox Valley between 2010 and 2018, sparking a mental health crisis and, with it, a need for solutions.

Sixty six percent.

Here’s how much the suicide rate in Fox Valley increased between 2010 and 2018, mostly for middle-aged men; people in professional fields such as agriculture, construction and law enforcement; veterans; and members of the LGBTQ community.

But why have Outagamie, Winnebago and Calumet counties lost so many other counties to suicide in less than a decade?

To answer this question, Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Mental Health Connection created a suicide prevention initiative called Project Zero in January 2020. Its mission is twofold: to prevent adult suicides in Fox Valley and beyond, and to address the problems systems that generate these conditions above all.


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