Area survivor weighs in on importance of “National Suicide Prevention Day”


MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) – Startling numbers released on Tuesday, saying suicides in Wisconsin increased in Wisconsin by 40% since 2000.

In 2017, suicide was the second leading cause of death in the badger state.

News 9 spoke to a area woman who pulled through those dark thoughts and saw the light at the end of the tunnel.

Morgan Ammel knows first hand how important it is to get help when you need it the most.

“It was almost too late,” Ammel said.

For years, the outgoing mom struggled with her self worth.

She said those thoughts nearly took her life.

“Rock bottom for me was sitting in the bathroom floor in a puddle of my own blood with my dad looking down on me and asking what can I do to help,” she said.

Ammel’s dad was her strength.

She gave News 9 a prime example on how crucial it is to reach out to those who feel they are in their worst moment in their life.

“Having  that unconditional love in my life was probably the most moving thing I could have ever asked for,” Ammel said.

Ammel’s dad passed away a few years ago and she said her mental health worsened.

However, she wasn’t going to give up on life.

“I decided to put his signature from the very last birthday card he ever gave me on my arm so I would never go there again,” Ammel said.

In a press release the governor’s office said in 2018, 886 people took their own life in Wisconsin.

“People can feel suicidal every day which is really said but they have no intent of carrying that out,” said Nancy Stencil the crisis professional for North Central Health Care.

This is why stencil said suicide prevention awareness is key.

“When somebody gets in a deep dark hole once they know someone cares or just talk to them it could make a world of a difference,” said Stencil.

As for Ammel, life has a whole new meaning.

“I wake up and I am excited for the morning, which I never thought was possible 10 years ago,” Ammel said.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, the Marathon County Crisis Center wants you to call them at 715-845-4326.

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