Ballweg Proposes Suicide Prevention Awareness Bill

(Markesan) State Senator Joan Ballweg is hoping a bill she authored that provides funding for suicide prevention awareness and education efforts will be signed into law by Governor Tony Evers.

She says the bill grew out of the Speaker’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention that she chaired.

She says there are many entities around the state and in the 14th State Senate District that try to provide services for suicide prevention awareness.

She says that might include local law enforcement partnering with their county health department to do awareness walks or information pamphlets on who to call for help.

The grants would be for up to $25,000 per organization. It would require a 20-percent match.

The state lawmaker from Markesan says given that the Governor proclaimed 2023 as the Year for Mental Health, she doesn’t see why he would be opposed to the bill.

Ballweg believes on the local level the bill and grant funding it would create would really help out communities.