By Tim Kowols
With thousands of people dying from suicide every year and even more attempting it, Prevent Suicide Door County hopes being visible in the community starts a dialogue. The organization, founded by the family of Cheryl Wilson following the sudden death of her son, Nathan, has been appearing at local events like last Saturday’s Open Door Pride Picnic and hosting “Question, Persuade, Refer” trainings across the area with large groups to address the negative stigma surrounding the discussion of suicide. Wilson says many people contemplating suicide want to be heard and included.
According to Trevor Project, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 10-24, with lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth more than four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers.