About Us

Survivors of Suicide


St. Peter the Fisherman, in Two Rivers, organized an interfaith ‘Survivors of Suicide’ grief support group beginning November, 2007. Survivors of Suicide refers to individuals/families that had lost someone to death by suicide. This became a large and active group with the reoccurring question being, “Can’t something be done to prevent suicide from occurring?" A task force was formed to study what was happening out in the state and in the country. The task force found suicide to be a widespread problem and considered by the State of Wisconsin to be in an endemic. This led the task force to formally organize, using the format, set forth by the newly organized Prevent Suicide Wisconsin, and became Prevent Suicide Wisconsin - Manitowoc County, Inc. (AKA Prevent Suicide Manitowoc)

Prevent Suicide WI – Manitowoc Co., Inc. was organized as a 501c3 charitable organization in 2011. It was recognized by the IRS as such on November 15th, 2012, receiving tax exempt status.

PSWM Mission Statement


Our mission is to reduce the number of suicides that take place in Manitowoc County and beyond each year. This population includes the WHOLE community, as everyone is affected by each event. 

Our coalition will work to 

  • Increase public awareness of suicide
  • Share the warning signs and methods for prevention through education
  • Present information dissemination and collaboration with all who are affected by suicide within our community
  • Overcome the stigma associated with suicide
  • Emphasize “Suicide is more than an ACT, it’s an ILLNESS.”