top of page

Get Help Now

During a Crisis

National Suicide Hotline 988 (text or call)

Text HOPELINE 741741

Spanish Hotline (888)-628-9454

Emergencies call 911

 

"You're a fighter. Look at everything you've overcome. Don't give up!"

The information and links on this page can help you or a loved one to get the help you need NOW.  There are resources for the different stages of you or your loved one's journey.

 

SW Wisconsin Suicide Hotlines by County 
Available 24/7

Red Leaves
Iowa & Grant Counties Hotline:
(800) 362-5717
Call Center Headset
Crawford/Lafayette Richland/Sauk 
Counties Hotline:


(888) 552-6642
Sunrise
Vernon County Hotline:

(608) 637-7007
Iowa County Mental Health Resource Guides:
Flow chart (click here)
Category of Need (click here)

Warm line- Use Before Crisis

Warmlines are operated by peers, people with life experiences similar to yours. They listen without judgement and use their training and own experiences to help steer clear of a mental health crisis before it happens. This is for talking at length about whatever is stressing, depressing or causing you anxiety. Please note: You may need to leave a message with your name and phone number to get a call back. 

 

The following are open to anyone in the state of Wisconsin.

  • Text 741741 HOPE line

  • (608) 519-1489  LaCrosse Light House

  • (715) 505-5641 Monarch House

  • (414) 877-5918 Parachute House

  • Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860 (National)

  • Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386 (LGBTQ+) (National)

  • Uplift WI Warmline – 534-202-5438 (12pm-12am)

  • Warmline, Inc: 414-777-4729 (limit 15 min calls)

  • Service Member, Veteran & Family (SMVF) Warm line: 262-336-9540

  • Wisconsin Farmer Wellness Helpline: 888-901-2558

  • Hmong Community: (800) 293-7080

  • PRISM: 414-336-7974: The PRISM (Peer Recovery in Supportive Mutuality) program connects LGBTQ+ youth in Wisconsin with trained peer-specialists who can provide mental and emotional support and mentorship

  • Caregiver Outreach: 833-572-1599 or 2-1-1 and ask for an outreach specialist

 

Parenting Helplines:

  • (414) 671-5575 Parent Help line (Milwaukee)

    • Mon - Thur. 8:30am-5:30pm and Fridays 8:30am-3:00pm​

  • (800) 632-8188 Parent Stress Line (24/7)

    • Parentshelpingparents.org : Website offer FREE Virtual Support Groups​

      • Parenting teens, LGBTQ, Special Needs Teens, High Emotions​

      • Young Parent Group (Ages 18-30yrs)

      • Parenting in Recovery

      • Father's Group

      • Spanish Speaking Group

  • (800) 448-3000 Boys Town Crisis Hotline (24/7)

    • Parenting.org : website offers resources, classes and how to bring a class to your community.

Online Counseling

Average cost $40-$70 per week ($160-$280 month)

Online Support Group After an Attempt

  • Alternative to Suicide Support Group- 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month. 7:00pm-8:30pm (Central Time) Via Zoom 

    Join by Zoom Meeting ID: 860 2730 7132       Phone in option: +1 312 626 6799 

Online Support Groups

  • Compassionate Friends - Group for parents that have lost a child.  Online Services every day of the week. Time as Eastern Time Click on (Enter Room)

  • Farmer & Farm Couple Support Group - contact Karen Endres by email: karenk.endres@wisconsin.gov or phone at (608) 982-6007

    • 2nd Tuesday of each  Month 8pm (NOT May thru Oct.)​

    • 4th Monday of each month 8pm (NOT May thru Oct.)

  • T.A.P.S. - (Veterans families Only) online grief support groups are here for you wherever you are in the grief process

  • Nami Dane County - (Scroll Down to find following support groups)

    • Connecting Support Group:

    • Bi-Polar/Depression Support Group:

    • Women Depression/Anxiety Support Group:

    • Family Support Group:

    • Youth Adult Support Group (18yrs-30yrs)

  • Anxiety & Depression Association of America -(Message Board)  anonymous peer-to-peer online anxiety and depression message boards in Spanish and English, safe and supportive place for individuals and their families to share information and experiences. 

  • Depression and Bi-polar Support Alliance -  support groups give people living with depression and bipolar disorder a safe, welcoming place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer each other hope.

  • Hearing Voices Network USA - Online groups are specifically for those with personal lived experience with hearing voices, seeing visions, and/or negotiating alternative realities.  They are voice-hearer facilitated.

  • Mental Health and Mesothelioma diagnosis: Support group after a diagnosis mesothelioma. 

Phone Apps to Help Someone Else

  • Suicide Crisis Support - This app is the QPR Booklet in App form which will give you warning signs, what to do and where to get help if a friend or family member is suicidal.

  •  A Friend Ask - This App gives warning signs of suicide and step by step instructions of what you should do if you feel a friend is suicidal

  • Got Your  Back  App gives resources for phone numbers to call. Possibly not speak to a live person for support.

  • Digital Resource For Mental Health at All Ages : Apps, gaming, digital education resources for Mood Improvement, Stress, Mood Disorder, Self-image, Mindfulness, Addiction Recovery, Grief & Bereavement.

Veterans ONLY
  • Together Strong: Interactive app that lets you practice what to say and do when a peer is struggling with adjustment to civilian life. 

  • Parenting2Go App helps Veterans and Service Members reconnect with their children and provides convenient tools to strengthen parenting skills. 

  • Dryhootch Battle Buddy App  This app will put you in touch with an assigned fellow vet mentor 24/7

  • Suicide Safe: can help Veterans and family members by equipping them with education and support resources to assess risk of suicide, determine appropriate next steps, and community resources

  • Positive Activity Jackpot (Android/Google play only): Positive Activity Jackpot uses a professional behavioral health therapy called pleasant event scheduling (PES), which is used to overcome depression and build resilience

  • WebMD Pain Coach App offers a holistic approach to balancing lifestyle with chronic pain conditions to help inspire a better day. 

Southwestern Wisconsin Support Groups

Veterans

  • Dodgeville: Iowa County Veterans - Jonathan Howell (Jonathan.Howell@va.gov), Veterans Center, Iowa County Health & Human Services Bldg. 303 Chapel st., Suite 1300, Dodgeville, WI 53533

    • 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month 9:00am-3:30pm

    • The Vet Center’s services are only available long term to combat veterans. They are able to meet with non-combat veterans on a limited basis. Vet Center telephone number is (608) 264-5342.

       Open to Vets from: Iowa, Richland, Lafayette, Grant and Crawford

  • Madison: Dryhootch Madison - www.dryhootch.org or email: hq@dryhootch.org

    • 1324 E. Washington Ave Madison WI.

    • PTSD Support Group,  Every Tuesday at 12:00-2:00pm

    • AA Meetings- Mondays & Fridays 8:30am-9:00am

  • LaCrosse Area

Survivors of Suicide (SOS)

Provides information and support to adults who have been affected by a suicide. For example; Co-workers, clients, family, friends etc. 

    • In Your HOME

    • Darlington -  2nd Monday of each month  6:00pm-8:00pm @ Lafayette County Multi-use Bldg 11974 Ames Rd., Darlington, WI 53530

      • Sharing Grief of Suicide Loss  ages 18 years+

      • For more information: SPCICWI@gmail.com

    • Dodgeville- 2nd Thursday of each month 7:00pm -9:00pm @ Health and Human Services Building Dodgeville.  303 W Chapel St.  

      • Sharing Grief of Suicide Loss  Ages 18 years+

      • For more information: SPCICWI@gmail.com

    • Dubuque, IA -2nd Tuesday of each month, 7pm

      • Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001 (located on the corner of Loras and University Ave)
      • Sharing Grief of Suicide Loss ages 16yrs+
      • Contact: Sue Whitty, susan.whitty@hillcrest-fs.org, (563) 582-0145
    • Lancaster, WI- Last Monday of the Month, 6:30pm

      • Schreiner Memorial Library 113 West Elm St. Lancaster, WI​

      • Contact Kristin Holman-Steffel (608) 723-7304

    • Madison- 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month 7:00pm -9:00pm @ Journey Mental Health. 25 Kessel Court, Suite 105 Madison, WI 53711 

      • Confidential S.O.S. voicemail: 608-280-2435

    • LaCrosse - 3rd Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm at Franciscan Spirituality Center, 920 Market Street, Room 141 (Rose Room), La Crosse

  • LaCrosse - 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7:00pm-8:00pm​​

    • Coulee Recovery Center, LaCrosse WI (608) 633-3135

  • Prairie du Chien - 3rd Monday of each month 6:30pm-8:00pm

    • River District Hotel 130 S. Main Street Prairie du Chien​

    • For more information: Crossing Rivers Mental Health (608) 357-2525

Compassionate Friends

A support group for parents that have lost children or grandchildren

Online Services every day of the week. Time as Eastern Time Click on (Enter Room)

    • Boscobel, WI

      • Meeting Info - 2nd Monday of each month ​   6:30pm-8:30pm

      • Boscobel Public Library 1033 Wisconsin Ave, Boscobel, WI 53805

      • tammy.clauer@gmail.com 

    • Dodgeville, WI

      • Meeting info.- 3rd Tuesday of Each Month 7:00pm. 

      • Grace Lutheran Church, 1105 Bequette St. Dodgeville, WI 53533

      • (608) 604-1723 or  julie.Henneman9@gmail.com

    • Madison, WI 

        • 3rd Thursday of each month 7:00pm - 8:30pm

        • Monona Lutheran Church 4411 Monona Dr. , Madison WI

        • TCFMadisonWI@gmail.com  or  Jim (608)512-2223

 

Grief Support Groups (Hospice)
    • Dodgeville

      • Shannon Radel, Bereavement Social Worker  608-930-8000

    • Lancaster

      • Last Monday of each month @ 6:30pm

      • Schreiner Memorial Library,  Ryland Park, 113 W Elm St, Lancaster, WI 53813

    • Prairie Du Chien

    • Richland Center 

      • 1400 W Seminary St.  (Richland Hospital)

      • Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care serves residents in Sauk and Richland County  by providing community based grief support, whether or not their loved one was served by  Agrace or any hospice. Click Here for more information

    • Reedsburg : Bridges

      • Meets every other Wednesday 10:00am-11:30am

      • Reedsburg Library, 370 Vine Street, Reedsburg

      • Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care serves residents in Sauk and Richland County  by providing community based grief support, whether or not their loved one was served by  Agrace or any hospice. Click Here for more information

    • Baraboo

      • 1670 S. Boulevard  1-800-553- 4289

      • Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care serves residents in Sauk and Richland County  by providing community based grief support, whether or not their loved one was served by  Agrace or any hospice. Click Here for more information

    • Madison: 2906 Market Place Dr. Fitchburg, WI

      • Bridges Support Group: Adults or Families with Children (cost with group)

        • Wednesdays: 9:30am - 11:00am or 6:00pm -7:30pm

      • Partner/Spouse Loss (cost with group)

        • Call For Dates & Registration (608) 327-7110

      • Journey Through Grief (cost with group)

        • Call For Dates & Registration (608) 327-7110

      • Family Grief Support Program (cost with group)

        • Every Other Week 5:30pm-7:00 pm (608) 327-7110

Mental Health Support Groups
Emotions Anonymous (EA)

As an anonymous program, EA respects the confidentiality of its members at all times. Members are not required to share any personal details - or even last names - if they do not chose to at meetings. As a spiritual program, there is an emphasis on a Higher Power. Experience has shown the EA program works equally well for any religious affiliations and those without religious beliefs.

EA provides a warm and accepting group setting in which to share experiences without fear of criticism. Through weekly support meetings, members discover they are not alone in their struggles. We may each have different symptoms, but the underlying emotions are the same or similar.

Emotions Anonymous Online: 

Unmoderated Fellowship - Saturday & Sunday between 2:00pm -7:00pm (central Time)

Moderated Meetings- Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7:00 pm (central Time)

Facebook Messenger meetings "Serenity Parkersburg" - Wednesdays 6:00pm

Facebook Messenger meetings- 

Skype Groups Available:

Emotions Anonymous Conference Call Meetings:
  • Daily 8:30 am : 1-605-472-5698, Participant Access Code 225966#

  • Sundays 10:00 AM : 1-646-628-5010, Participant Access Code 9379012#

  • Sundays 6:00 PM : 712-451-1140, Participant Access Code: 808747#  ("Acceptance & Serenity")

  • Monday 5:00 PM : 605-313-4162 Participant Access Code 181510#

  • Thursday 6:00 PM : 1-712-451-0178, Participant Access Code 582467#

Support Groups for Families of Persons with Mental Illness 
  • Recovery Through Sharing Peer Support Group

    • Meets every Wednesday 6:00pm-7:00pm at The Other Door Drop-in-Center in the basement of Family & Children's Center. 1321 N. Main St. Viroqua, WI​

    • Vernon County NAMI (608) 790-6588 (Serves Richland & Vernon Counties)

    • For adults with mental illness. Opportunity for fellowship and support through a peer-to-peer support group.

  • Support Group for friends and families of the chronically mentally ill.

    • Meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, 7-8:30pm, at the Southside Neighborhood Center, 1300 S. 6th Street, La Crosse

    • For more information call 608-786-0933 or 608-785-2902

  • Living with Mental IllnessBoscobel Support group email: southwestwisconsin.nami@gmail.com

  • Caring by Sharing Support Group - LaCrosse, WI

    • Group for friends and families of the chronically mentally ill and other interested persons.

    • Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:15pm at the First Congregational Church, 2503 Main Street, La Crosse (doesn't meet in Dec, June, July or August).  For more information call 608-769-0960

  • Depressed Anonymous- LaCrosse -Group for individuals who deal with depression

    • Meets on Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm, at Franciscan Spirituality Center, 920 Market Street, La Crosse.  For more information call 608-791-5295

  • Southwest Wisconsin Family Ties Support Group - LaCrosse

    • Group for parents of children (birth-21) with emotional and behavioral disorders.

    • For more information call 1-800-422-7145. Meetings are not currently set.

  • Women's Support Group: Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence & Dating Violence

    • Family Advocates, Inc. 1-800-924-2624 or office 608-930-1636

    • 5:00pm -6:30pm at the Grace Lutheran Church, 1105 Bequette St. Dodgeville, WI

Man Therapy Website Link

 

Young Adults

Farmers

  • Got Your Back (Based out of Ohio)

  • Farm Center 1-800-942-2474. Can get 3 free vouchers for counseling for farmer or farmer's family members. Can talk to you as a neutral party about divorce, bankruptcy, foreclosure etc

  • Rural Concern Hotline (1-800-447-1985) based in Iowa.  Started as a direct response to help farm families experiencing economic and mental health challenges.

  • Farmer Focused PSA 30 Sec. version and 2:30 minute longer version

Veterans

Family Members of Vets
Resources through VA Hospital
  • Digital Divide: If you would benefit from video telehealth services but don’t have internet access or a video capable device, the VA’s Digital Divide Consult can help.

  • Broad Band Connection: VA is partnering with Microsoft’s Airband Initiative to establish or enhance broadband connectivity in select rural areas.

  • Mobile Health Clinics: Eligible Veterans can use VA health care services nationwide, including through mobile health clinics that serve rural areas and via telehealth (care through a phone or computer).  VA311 (1-844-698-2311).

First Responders

  • Safe Call Now:  1-206-459-3020  24/7 Hotline for staffed by First Responders for First Responders and their families

  • Share the Load : 1-888-731-3473 Also known as The Fire/EMS Helpline. A program run by the National Volunteer Fire Council. They have a help line, and have also collected a list of many good resources for people looking for help and support

  • The Code Green Campaign   aka Code Green is a first responder oriented mental health advocacy and education organization. Code Green serves all types of first responders, including firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, dispatchers, police, corrections, air medical, and search & rescue

  • Law Enforcement Only Hotline - 1-800-267-5463

  • Firefighters (poster for the station with resources)

  • First Responder Wellness

LGBTQ+

Deaf Individuals

Bullying

Relationships

Financial Problems

Grieving the loss of a Pet

Camps for Kids

  • Camp Hometown Heroes -  is a national free week-long overnight summer camp for children of fallen U.S. service members who died in any manner: combat, accident, illness or suicide. (Grafton Area)

  • Camp Lloyd in (Green Bay, WI) - is a week long day camp from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm for grieving children, ages 7 - 14 yrs.

  • Camp Hope - is a weekend camp where children are brought together to work through the grieving process after a loved one dies. (Wisconsin Lions Camp -Rosholt, WI )

  • Adult Camp Hope - The adult camp retreat runs in conjunction with the camp for children at the Wisconsin Lions Camp but is kept separate from the kid’s camp. The adult family members are able to gain the same insights into their grief as their children, while being treated to massage therapy, drumming, canoeing, hiking, arts and crafts, campfires and the bonds of new and powerful friendships.

Coping With Loss

Choosing A Therapist

 

Help Yourself 

 

Help Someone Else

Other Organizations

Image by Dave Hoefler
bottom of page