MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS

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



May
 2016
Hello Friends,
Welcome to May as Mental Health Month!

When mental illnesses or disorders are talked about, the language typically used to describe them tends to be clinical and impersonal. These words, while useful for doctors or clinicians, often don't do justice to what life with a mental illness feels like. That is why this year's theme for May is Mental Health Month-Life With a Mental Illness-is a call to action to share what life with a mental illness feels like to someone going through it.

May is Mental Health Month was started 67 years ago by Mental Health America in Sheboygan County's national organization, Mental Health America, to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone.

Last year's theme, B4Stage4 initiative -- helped individuals understand that when you address mental health symptoms before Stage 4, people can often recover quickly, and live full and productive lives.

This year, we are building off of the B4Stage4 message and encouraging individuals to give voice to what it really means to live at stages 1, 2, 3, and 4 of mental illness. Life with a Mental Illness is meant to help remove the shame and stigma of speaking out, so that more people can be comfortable seeking the help they need and deserve.

Lastly, we encourage people to get involved this year through sharing in their own words how it feels to live with a mental illness by tagging social media posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike.   Posting with our hashtag is a way to speak up, to share your point of view with people who may be struggling to explain what they are going through-and help others figure out if they too are showing signs of a mental illness.
 
Research shows that by ignoring symptoms, we lose ten years in which we could intervene in order to change people's lives for the better. Speaking out about what mental illness feels like can encourage others to recognize symptoms early on in the disease process, and empower individuals to be agents in their own recovery.


Check out all the fabulous activities going on here, including printable calendars.  Don't' forget, the 2nd annual Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 Mental Health & Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Resource Fair kicks off the month tonight! 

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
FREE Mental Health Screening Week
May 23rd - May 27 
MHA is offering FREE mental health screenings the week of May 23rd - 27th, in conjunction with May as Mental Health Awareness Month!

Call us to schedule an appointment with a local mental health clinician for your FREE screening. Early intervention and screening is key!

Help is available. You are not alone. Treatment works!

Call (920) 458-3951 or email info@mhasheboygan.org

2nd Annual
M ental Health & Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Resource Fair 
TONIGHT :  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. 
 
Upcoming COMMUNITY Education Events

Life In Color
MHA (915 N. 7th Street, Sheboygan)
Wednesdays in May (10am-11:30am)

A new type of support group is here. ***Currently this group is full but we would like to offer it again. If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please let us know.*** info@mhasheboygan.org 

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 May 12, 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
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  

MHA will once again be partnering with local business   ACUITY   to be our overall Event Sponsor for There is Hope !  We are honored to partner with a local worksite wellness and philanthropic business leader in our community!  

It takes a Village! 

If you or someone you know would like to donate to There is Hope (become a gold or silver level sponsor, purchase a trail marker, gift a silent auction/raffle item, or provide an in-kind donation item) please fill out this form and return to info@mhasheboygan.org.  Donor request letters went out and we are always humbled by the quick responses by local mental health champions!  

Coming soon!  Registration availalbe in late May!  
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
#1-608-244-5077
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... 

OPEN
Youth Educator Position

Are you looking for a job where you can make a BIG difference in our community AND work for a fun, energetic, flexible and encouraging environment? Look no further as MHA is hiring for a new Youth Educator. Join our team as the newest mental health champion. Learn more here and please help us spread the word. Thanks, friends!


***Kellie Resnick, our former Youth Educator, has resigned. We wish her nothing but the best! Thank you, Kellie, for you dedication, passion, and best wishes for your future.***




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
Now hiring! 
Please see above. 

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