MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS

M ental H ealth A merica
in Sheboygan County (MHA)



April
 2016

Dear Friends,

Spring is in the air and I am grateful!  Hope this eblast finds you well during the changing of our seasons.  We continue to keep ourselves busy with new programs and events in April and May. Highlights in this April 2016 eblast include:
  • Mental Health & Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Resource Fair, Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 (4:30pm-7:30pm)
  • Upcoming Education Events for Parents and Community members during April  
  • Updating our Sheboygan County Directory of Community Resources and Mental Health Professional Database
  • There is Hope :: Saturday September 10, 2016 
  • Upcoming Community Events
As always, please don't hesitate to connect with us if you have any questions at all. We are always happy to help.  Be well. 

Kate S. Baer, M.A
Executive Director
Upcoming PARENT EDUCATION Series

Raising a Resilient Child - 
TOMORROW!
Kohler Public Library
Thursday April 7 (6pm-7pm)
Join this session to learn why it is important to build resiliency and how to support your child. We know that all children will face stressors in their life, it is how children learn to cope with these stressors that can lead them towards a balanced, emotionally healthy life.

C alm and Confident Kids
Kohler Public Library
Thursday April 14 (6pm-7pm)
Does your child get anxious, nervous, upset or angry easily? Join this session to learn how to help your child achieve confidence and calmness.

Masterminds & Wingmen Book Club
Kohler Public Library
Tuesday April 19 (10:30am or 6:30pm)
Join us for a discussion on Wiseman's book, Masterminds & Wingmen, on Tuesday April 19th (10:30am or 6:30pm) at Kohler Public Library.  So much more than a book, this guide will help parents understand "Boy World" and what it means to be a teenage boy in today's society.  Innovative strategies are shared that will help you understand the unwritten rules of "Boy World" and the implications this has on today's young men.  
Upcoming COMMUNITY Education Events

Honest, Open & Proud 
To Eliminate the Stigma of Mental Illness
MHA (915 N. 7th Street, Sheboygan)
Tuesday Evenings 5pm-7pm, May 10, 17, 24

The goal of this 6-hour workshop (held over 3 consecutive Tuesday evenings in May - Mental Health Month) is to help you think about he upsides and downsides of talking about experiences with mental health challenges in the daily setting of your life. (friendships, workplaces, etc.).  Space is limited for this intimate & confidential workshop setting, so sign up early.  Kate and Kellie are excited to facilitate the workshop and meaningful discussions.


Expressed Release
Open Door (817 N. 8th Street, Sheboygan)
Thursday April 14th, 2016 (7pm)

A free painting workshop for the mind, open to everyone, on Thursday March 10th, 7pm at Open Door. The event, provided by the Never Alone Initiative (a grassroots local project), aims to promote a healthy release for emotional and mental well-being
2nd Annual
M ental Health & Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Resource Fair 
Tuesday May 3, 2016
RCS Empowers (1607 Geele Avenue, Sheboygan WI)
4:30pm - 7:30pm

Help spread the word with this flyer.
Stop by MHA for printed flyers and postcard sized reminders.

Everyone welcome.  Over 50 resource tables with FREE materials.  Door prizes, including a chance to win an iPad! Free food and supervised kids area.  Community members and professionals benefit by attending.  Help is out there for you, a loved one, or your clients.  

Questions about the fair? Interested in having a resource table but haven't been contacted yet?  Want to volunteer? Email info@mhasheboygan.org or call 920-458-3951. 
 


The 11th annual local mental health event brings together those who have lost a loved one to suicide and all those who support mental health in our community. This year's event falls on World Suicide Prevention Day.  If you are interested in donating or becoming a sponsor, please email info@mhasheboygan.org to be added to our donor list.  Local business support makes this important event a success!  Join countless other mental health champions, today! 

Registration availalbe in May!  
MHA's Directory of Community Resources &       Mental Health Professional Database Updates
Mental Health America in Sheboygan County is currently in the process of updating our Directory of Community Resources and Mental Health Professional Database to better serve individuals, families, professionals, and businesses in the community. 

If you are aware of a service in the community that you think should be included in the directory, please contact Jessica Miner, Mental Health Resource Specialist, at jessica@mhasehboygan.org or by calling 920-458-3951.  

All organizations and support groups currently in the directory have been contacted and prompt response is encouraged to be included in the NEW(!) Directory of Community Resources 2016 edition.  

In addition, all local mental health professionals are being asked to update their profiles with MHA Sheboygan.  Plans are in work to create a comprehensive searchable online database to help families and professionals connect with mental health professionals that might fit their needs.  Prompt response is also encouraged. The above projects are intended for late spring and summer release.
Crisis Information & Emotional Support
24/7 Sheboygan County Mental Health 
Mobile Crisis
#920-459-3151
Please do not hesitate to call Sheboygan County Mobile Crisis if you or a loved one is having a mental health emergency and live in Sheboygan County.  

24/7 National Suicide Lifeline
1-877-273-TALK (8255)

Statewide Emotional Support Text Line 
HOPELINE
Text HOPELINE to 741741
HOPELINE is the first Emotional Support Text Line in the State of Wisconsin and provides service throughout the entire state for help and hope.  HOPELINE's purpose is to offer emotional support and resources before situations rise to crisis level. Texts received reflect struggles with breakups, job loss, bullying, LGBTQ issues, parental issues, school, friends, relationship issues or any struggle a person is experiencing.

Solstice Warmline
#1-608-422-2383
A non-clinical warmline service answered by people who have lived experience of mental health and/or substance use issues and are trained to support people during tough times.  This program is operated by the Solstice House, a Peer Run Respite program in Madison, WI.
Hours of Operation 
Mon-Fri:  4pm-10pm
Saturday & Sun:  2pm-10pm

You are not alone.  Treatment works.  Recovery is possible. 
Spotlight On... 

May as Mental Health Month
In the coming weeks, MHA will be finalizing the May as Mental Health Month Calendar.  This year's theme is "Life with a Mental Illness".  

Stay tuned for the upcoming eblast with all the details around activities and events during the month of May! 

2016 MHA 
Board of Directors

President
George Limbeck

Vice President
Tracy Brinkman
 
Secretary
Rich Wassink

President-Elect
Jerry Gartner

Board Members
Elizabeth Abler
Dr. Thomas Campbell
Amy Culver
Bernie Nowicki
Adam Norlander
Mary Paluchniak
Rebecca Rupnick
Jonathan Tyler
Tina Videtic
Fr. Matthew Widder
Wendy Yurk


MHA Staff

Executive Director
Kate Baer, M.A. 
kate@mhasheboygan.org

Youth Educator
Kellie Resnick
kellie@mhasheboygan.org

Mental Health Resource Specialist
Jessica Miner
jessica@mhasheboygan.org

Administrative Assistant
Inga Rozite-Escalera
inga@mhasheboygan.org

Peer Specialist
Michele Williamson
michele@mhasheboygan.org

Peer Specialist
Tracy Krause
tracy@mhasheboygan.org

Peer Specialist
Rebecca Gross-Schuette
rebecca@mhaheboygan.org


MHA
915 N. 7th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53081
info@mhasheboygan.org
(920) 458-3951
Monday - Thursday 
8am - 4pm
Friday, Saturday, Weeknights   by appointment. 

Open Door
817 N. 8th Street
Sheboygan WI 53081
opendoor@mhasheboygan.org
(920) 783-6801
Monday, Wednesday Friday 
9am - 5pm

Check out the online calendar for activities and groups outside MHA office hours 
and Open Door drop-in hours.


Partner Agency  
United Way of 
Sheboygan County

Community Events
Community Volunteer Fair

Thursday April 14
11am-1pm
3pm-6pm
UW Sheboygan Commons

Connect with 30-40 local organizations to learn about the volunteer opportunities in Sheboygan County!  Voluntee ring has many benefits including positive impacts on one's mental health!  Don't miss out on finding purpose and giving back.



Understanding End of Life Decisions:  Advanced Directives, Palliative Care and Hospice

Thursday April 21
1-2:30pm
ADRC, Sheb Falls

The program presenter will be Marsha Vollbrecht, Senior Services Director for Aurora Health Care. She will explain the difference between a Living Will and a Power of Attorney for Health Care, the definition of palliative care and when hospice should be utilized. The program will better prepare you to make important end of life decisions.
 
This event is free and open to those who are family and professional caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about the topic. Preregistration is requested by calling the Sheboygan County Aging & Disability Resource Center at 467-4100.  

Wellness Workshop for Employers

Thursday April 28
8am-12pm
UW Sheboygan
ACUITY Wombat Room

Join countless other business professionals in Sheboygan County for the
'Building a Sheboygan Well County' workshop on Thursday April 28th.  Our very own Kate Baer, M.A., Executive Director will be leading a breakout session on Resiliency in the Workplace.  You won't want to miss out on this resourceful event!


Employee Health & Fitness Day

Wednesday May 18

National Employee Health and Fitness Day (NEHF
D), is a national observance celebrated the third (3rd) Wednesday in May, and was created to promote the benefits of physical activity for individuals through their work site health promotion activities. Learn here how your place of employment right here in Sheboygan County can get involved at the link below: