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Fox Valley wellness survey finds one in 10 adults contemplated suicide

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Kathy Flores, from left, Nick Ross, Keira Kowal Jett and Reiko Ramos work during a Diverse + Resilient staff meeting on Thursday, June 9, 2022 in Appleton, Wis.

One in 20 adults in the Fox Valley has made a suicide plan in the last year and one in 10 has at least thought about ending their life, according to newly released survey results.

Those results from the Fox Cities Mind Your Wellness Survey come as suicide ranks in the top 10 causes of death in Wisconsin. A preview of the survey was released Sept. 8, during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, to address the compounding mental health crises among the state’s most vulnerable groups.

The survey was conducted by NEW Mental Health Connection, which was created by the Medical College of Wisconsin and coordinated with United Way Fox Cities. The survey is focused on Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago counties, with the goal of fully representing disparity groups, which include seniors, veterans, people who are LGBTQ, Black, Indigenous and other people of color, and those in low-income homes.

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