September is Suicide Prevention Month; signs to look for in a loved one

IRON MOUNTAIN — With death by suicide on the rise, it’s good to know the signs and ways to help prevent such tragedies.

In 2013, the highest suicide rate was among people ages 45 to 64 at 19 percent. The second-highest rate was among those 85 and older at 18.6 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Here are some warning signs to watch for:

— Talking about wanting to die;

— Looking for a way to kill oneself;

— Talking about feeling trapped or unbearable pain;

— Talking about being a burden to others;

— Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose;

— Increasing use of alcohol or drugs;

— Sleeping too much or too little;

— Acting anxious, agitated, or recklessly;

— Displaying extreme mood swings;

— Withdrawing or feeling isolated;

— Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.

If someone you know has shown any of these signs, don’t just watch from the sidelines. There are ways to help prevent a person from attempting suicide:

— Do not leave the person alone. Make sure they are with someone at all times so they don’t do anything reckless.

— Get rid of dangerous objects by removing any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.

— Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

— Get help by taking the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

Many local resources are available if you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts or is thinking about attempting suicide. Here are a few:

— Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)

— Veterans and Military Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 (Option 1)

— Community Mental Health: 800-749-7720

— Local United Way: 800-2733-TALK (8255)




Sunday: Scenes and sounds, noon; uno, 1 p.m.; dunking donuts, 2 p.m.; church, 2:15 p.m.

Monday: Pretty nails, 10 a.m.; library cart, 11 a.m.; scenes and sounds, 11:45 a.m.; line dancers,1:30 p.m.; ice cream social, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Crafts and gardening, 10 a.m.; scenes and sounds, 11:45 a.m.; reminisce; 1:15 p.m.; Kentucky Derby, 2 p.m.

Wednesday: Room visits, 10 a.m.; rosary, 11 a.m.; scenes and sounds, 11:45 a.m.; room visits, 1 p.m.; Jim Edberg, 2 p.m.; movie and popcorn, 3 p.m.

Thursday: Reading buddy, 10 a.m.; Bible study, 11 a.m.; scenes and sounds, 11:45 a.m.; backyard games, 1 p.m.; Crystal Hogan, 2 p.m.

Friday: Coffee social, 10:30 a.m.; what’s cooking, 11 a.m.; scenes and sounds, 11:45 a.m.; Mass, 2 p.m.; Neeley Kids music, 2:30 p.m.; happy hour, 3 p.m.

Saturday: Meet and greet, 10:30 a.m.; blitz box, 11 a.m.; scenes and sounds, 11:45 a.m.; Daily News, 1 p.m.

Iron County Medical Facility

Crystal Falls

Sunday: One to one church visitors, 8:30 to 11 a.m.; room visits, 9 to 11 a.m.; hangman, 10 a.m.; afternoon matinee with popcorn, 1:30 p.m.; Church of Christ, 3 p.m.

Monday: Crafts, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; exercise, 11 a.m.; room visits, 1 p.m.; VFW bingo, 2 p.m.; sunshine club, 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Crystal Falls library, 9:30 a.m.; book club, 10 a.m.; prayer, 10 a.m.; travel film, 1:30 p.m.; current events, 2 p.m.; western movie, 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Coffee social and storytelling, 10 a.m.; exercise, 11 a.m.; getting pretty, 1:15 p.m.; men’s club, 2 p.m.; night bingo, 6 p.m.

Thursday: Puzzler, 9:30 a.m.; bowling, 10 a.m.; wildlife film, 1:30 p.m.; happy hour, 2:30 p.m.

Friday: Crafts, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; exercise, 11 a.m.; room visits, 1 p.m.; Dollar Store outing, 1 p.m.; drama movie, 6 p.m.

Saturday: Puzzler and scavenger hunt, 10 a.m.; geri-gym, 11 a.m.; Inter-generational social hour, 2 p.m.



Wet Your Whistle, 9:30 a.m. daily.

Movie, 10:45 a.m. daily and again at 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Gathering place, 11:40 a.m. daily and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Protestant Church service, 3 p.m. Sunday.

Exercises, 10 a.m. daily.

Sunday: Grandparents Day social, 9:30 a.m.; morsels and more, 1:30 p.m.

Monday: Did you know?, 10:15 a.m.; bingo, 2 p.m.; po-ke-no, 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday: Colorful questions, 10:15 a.m.; Lutheran Church, 2 p.m.; movie and a manicure, 5:45 p.m.

Wednesday: Table talk, 10:15 a.m.; Golden Throats, 2 p.m.; flip five, 5:45 p.m.

Thursday: Crosswords, 10:15 a.m.; K bingo, 2 p.m.; crafts, 5:45 p.m.

Friday: Popcorn day; finish lines, 10:15 a.m.; Catholic Mass, 2 p.m.

Saturday: Current events, 10:15 a.m.; bingo, 2 p.m.

Maryhill Manor

Niagara, Wis.

Sunday: Rosary, 8:30 a.m.; Catholic Mass, 9 a.m.; bingo, 10:15 a.m.; parachute, 1:30 p.m.; penny ante, 1:30 p.m.; Protestant service, 2:30 p.m.; Christian Fellowship, 5:30 p.m.

Monday: Rosary, 8:30 a.m.; singalong, 10:15 a.m.; parachute, 1:30 p.m.; smile a while, 2 p.m.

Tuesday: Rosary, 8:30 a.m.; bingo, 10:15 a.m.; parachute, 1:30 p.m.; resident council, 2 p.m.; Yahtzee, 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday: Rosary, 8:30 a.m.; bowling, 10:15 a.m.; parachute, 1:30 p.m.; crafts, 2 p.m.; Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m.; movie and popcorn, 6:15 p.m.

Thursday: Rosary, 8:30 a.m.; Catholic Mass, 9 a.m.; scattegories, 10:15 a.m.; parachute, 1:30 p.m.; derby day, 2 p.m.; Uno, 6:15 p.m.

Friday: Rosary, 8:30 a.m.; coffee and trivia, 10:15 a.m.; parachute, 1:30 p.m.; happy hour with Ray and Mindy, 2 p.m.

Saturday: Baking, 10:15 a.m.; parachute, 1:30 p.m.; pamper and polish coffee social, 2 p.m.

Monthly support group for grief and loss, second Monday of the month at 2 p.m.

Weekend pet visits.

Victorian Pines

Iron Mountain

Exercise, 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Juice pass, 10 a.m. daily.

Shopping days: 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Sunday: Bible study, 1:30 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.

Monday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.

Tuesday: Ladderball, 2 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.

Wednesday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.

Thursday: Crosswords, 2 p.m.; rosary 3 p.m.

Friday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.

Saturday: Movie and popcorn, 2 p.m.

Florence Health Services

Florence, Wis.

Sunday: Bingo, 10 a.m.; coloring pages and brain puzzles, 2 p.m.; Pastor Miller church service, 3:30 p.m.

Monday: Taped board paintings, 10 a.m.; bingo with Bette, 2 p.m.; room visits, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Resident council meeting, 10 a.m.; entertainment by Valri, 2 p.m.

Wednesday: Catholic Mass and rosary, 9:30 a.m.; paper mache pumpkin project, 2 p.m.

Thursday: Pastor Jason church service, 10 a.m.; music by Larry Jankowski, 2 p.m.

Friday: Bible study with Trudy and David, 10 a.m.; soccer, 2 p.m.; social hour, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday: Bingo, 10 a.m.; poetry reading, 2 p.m.; Uno card game, 3:30 p.m.



Sunday: Grace church, 10 a.m.; outside social, 10 a.m.; Lutheran service, 2 p.m.; bean bags, 2 p.m.

Monday: Life connections, 9:45 a.m.; busy bee, 12:30 p.m.; worship and communion service, 2 p.m.; rosary, 2:30 p.m.; bean bag toss, 3:30 p.m.; King’s corners, 6 p.m.

Tuesday: Resident council, 10 a.m.; busy bee, 12:30 p.m.; happy hour, 2 p.m.; reminiscing, 3:30 p.m.; Pictionary, 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Casino outing, 10 a.m.; busy bee, 12:30 p.m.; Jim Clements, 2 p.m.; rummy, 4 p.m.

Thursday: Exercise, 10 a.m.; aromatherapy, 11:15 a.m.; busy bee, 12:30 p.m.; bingo, 1:45 p.m.; cards, 3:30 p.m.; mind joggers, 6 p.m.

Friday: Mass, 10 a.m.; sensory, 10:15 a.m.; busy bee, 12:30 p.m.; bus ride, 2 p.m.

Saturday: Karaoke, 10 a.m.; tic-tac-toe, 10 a.m.; bingo, 2 p.m.; crafts, 2 p.m.


Note: All centers ask for 24-hour advanced reservations for lunch. If you have meals delivered and will not be home, notify the center.

Alpha-Mastodon Center


Meal at noon every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Amasa Center


Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Lunch at noon.

Bingo on Tuesdays.

Free meal drawing on Thursdays.

Breen Center


Meals: Monday through Friday.

Cards and games available 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m.

Hostess on duty Monday through Friday.

Treats and coffee, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Center retail store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; volunteers and donations are welcome.

Birthdays acknowledge every day.

Evening meals are held first and third Thursday of the month. Salad bar opens at 4 p.m., with dinner served at 5 p.m. Donations are $4 for those 60 and older and $5 for 60 and younger.

Blood pressure and blood sugar testing, every fourth Wednesday.

Crystal Falls Center

Head Cook Tracy West


Meals will be served on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 5 p.m. (a salad bar will be open at 4:30 p.m.). The dinner donation is $5 for those age 60 and older and $6 for those younger than 60. There is a take-out container charge of $1. All persons are invited. Cribbage will be played at 1 p.m. Wednesday and be concluded in time for the dinner. Center is closed Thursday through Sunday. A site council meeting takes place on the third Wednesday at 3 p.m. Blood pressure taken by request anytime the center is open.

Crystal Lake Center


The center is closed on the weekends.

Monday: Woodcarvers, 10 a.m.; Majong in dining hall, noon; Les Artistes Art Club, noon; Bridge Club, 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday: Pinochle, 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: Billiards, 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday: Spinning Spools Quilters Guild, noon, crafters, scrap bookers, etc. also welcome; knitting and crocheting class, 1 to 3 p.m.; Camera Club, 6 p.m.

Friday: Smear, 12:30 p.m.

Last Saturday of the month: Music Jam starting at 1 p.m.

Evening meals have a salad bar beginning at 4 p.m. with the meal at 4:30 p.m. A donation of $4 is accepted for seniors 60 and older but not required. Those 59 and younger are required to pay $5.  

Transportation is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call the center to book your ride.

Felch Center

Director: Norma Dixon


Meals served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Bingo on the first and third Wednesday of each month after lunch.

Congregate jigsaw puzzle done daily.

Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County


Director: Lori Friberg

Three senior dining locations are listed below:

Fence Center/Town Hall


Meal at noon on Wednesdays only. Reservations are requested. Cribbage and cards are available.

Florence Community Center/Town Hall


Meal is served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Reservations are requested.

Jigsaw puzzles, cards, cribbage, and board games are available. The coffee is always on.

Hillcrest Senior Dining Center, Aurora


Meal is served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Reservations are requested. Jigsaw puzzles, cribbage, cards, and board games are available. The coffee is always on.

Hermansville Center

Coordinator: Pam Haluska


Meal is Monday through Friday at noon. Suggested donation is $3 for those 60 and older and $7 for those under 60.

Morning coffee is available each day

Fifteen games of “Fun Bingo” are played each Tuesday and Friday along with 50/50.

Tuesday: Bingo, 12:45 p.m.

Wednesday: Cards played in the afternoon. Call ahead to see if a game will be going on.

Friday: Bingo, 12:45 p.m.

Monday through Friday: Walking in the gym from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A treadmill also is available.

Friendly interaction with other crafters.

Friday: TEFAP quarterly food distribution.

Sept. 18: Craft day

Sept. 19: Foot clinic

Sept. 27: Birthday dinner

Iron River Center

Directors: Katherine Bortolameolli and Brian Kassa


Meals served Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; $4 (older than 60) and $5 (younger than 60).

Evening meal is on Thursdays with a salad bar at 4 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m.

Bingo is on Sundays at 2 p.m. (doors open at noon) and Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m.

Cards are played on Thursdays, 1:15 p.m.

Today: Dance night with music by Jack and Friends, 6 to 9 p.m., $6 cover charge at the center.

Friday: Iron Mountain trip. $12 per person.

Sept. 23: Pancake Day, 8 to 11:30 a.m.; adults $5, children under 12 $2.50.

Transportation is available Monday through Thursday with the bus running 8:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m., $4 (over 60), $5 (under 60), $6 (wheelchair).

Bingo every Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Doors open at noon.

Salad bar with Thursday meal, 4 p.m. and dinner at 4:30 p.m.

Niagara Northwoods Senior Cafe and Center

Meal site manager: Corrie Maule


Center director: Jill Anderson


Noon meals served Monday through Thursday.

Transportation to the meal site from the Niagara area is offered.

Wii games, cards, puzzles, and board games available to play for your enjoyment.

Senior groups who would like to use our meal site as their meeting place may join us for lunch and stay to have their meeting or social time.

Tuesday: LRC tournament

Sept. 20: Salad bar

Sept. 20: ’50s and ’60s reunion

Norway Center

Director: Susie Slining


Monday through Thursday: Meals served at noon with salad bar. Soup is also available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Please sign up early for meals. (Meal donation is $5.)

Milk, juice, bread, fruit, tea, and coffee served daily.

Two special theme noon meals each month with bingo, prizes, and 50/50.

Two evening meals (5 p.m.) on the first Monday and third Wednesday of the month with bingo, prizes, and 50/50.

Cards are played daily after the noon meal.

Craft and exercise classes: Mondays and Thursdays.

Ceramic and art classes: Wednesdays

Puzzles always worked on.

Today: Center pasty sale. $5 for a one pound pasty. All orders must be picked up by noon.

Monday: Noon meal: baked cod, seasoned rice, butternut squash, fruit, juice, salad bar, and dessert.

Monday: 5 p.m. meal: serving our famous company chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy,vegetables, soup, salad bar, and dessert. Bingo, prizes, and 50/50.

Sept. 20: Blood pressure clinic 11 a.m. to noon.

Sept. 20: Noon meal: tuna casserole, peas, carrots, fruit, juice, salad bar, and dessert.

Sept. 20: 5 p.m. meal: serving our famous barbecue ribs, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetables, soup, salad bar, and dessert. Bingo, prizes, and 50/50.

Sept. 21: Birthday Club: cheese raviolis with marinara sauce, green beans, bread sticks, soup, salad bar, fruit, juice, and birthday cake. Have a birthday in August? Celebrate with us. Have your picture taken and joining the Birthday Club Wall of Fame.

Sept. 26: Autumn dinner: meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, soup, salad bar, fruit, juice, and dessert. Bingo, prizes, and 50/50.

Senior coloring class meets daily. All are welcome. Some materials will be provided.

Telephone reassurance is available. If you are a senior who doesn’t get out much and would like a friendly daily phone contact, the center will have someone check in to see that all is well.

Note: A CSFP food card (green card) is available to income-eligible seniors. Make an appointment to get signed up. File of Life packets available at the center.

Note: Ask about the Medicare Savings Program. This program helps people pay their Medicare part B premium. You may be eligible. Your local MMAP Counselor can be reached at , or dial 211.

Center membership cards are available for $5 at the front desk.

Sagola Center

Director: Alyssa Runsat


Meals: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11:45 a.m.

Cards: Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday.

Commodities every other month and quarterly commodities are every three months.

Puzzle table for all to enjoy.

Volunteers are always welcome.