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

August & September
Hello Friends,

I hope this eblast finds you well as the summer comes to a close and we await the changing of seasons with the beauty of fall soon to be upon us.  

In these coming weeks, there are many ways to show your support and get involved to help us promote good mental health.  First, I invite and encourage you to join us, along with hundreds of other mental health champions, at our There is Hope event. We are so proud of this event and all it stands for: suicide prevention and mental health education, love, community, togetherness, recovery, and most importantly HOPE.  Read more below and on our website.

In addition to our There is Hope event, there are many different events and activities that also promote and support recovery as part of the National Recovery Month.  Check them out in our Spotlight On section to the right. 

Lastly, from Yoga Laughter (frankly, we could all use more laughter in our life....always) to learning to loom knit with our very own Joanna Brandt, take advantage of these cool and unique happenings (learn more below)!  

With gratitude,

Kate S. Baer, M.A
Executive Director
~ Please join us Saturday Sept. 10th ~
There is Hope 
Suicide Awareness & Prevention Walk

On the morning of Saturday September 10th, World Suicide Prevention Day, you are in invited to join a local effort with hundreds of other mental health champions at our 11th annual There is Hope Walk for Suicide Awareness and Prevention event. 

If you weren't able to register during the open Pre-registration/online registration period - no worries!  
Walk-in Registrations are welcome and encouraged the day of!  T-shirts are not guaranteed, but additional shirts are ordered for anticipated Walk-ins (on first come/first serve basis).    

This an inclusive event open to all.  If you are unable to afford Walk-in Registration but still want to walk --> please come!  If you plan on showing up after the opening ceremony and walk to support the brat fry, silent auction, and raffles --> please come! Your presence is a part of the solution for suicide prevention, local mental health education, increased access to care, and recovery support services in Sheboygan County. 
Why Attend?

This event is powerful. It supports those who have experienced the real and tragic loss of a loved one to suicide while uplifting attendees to know that we can make a difference.  It supports programmatic efforts by MHA to help promote mental health and prevent suicide all year long with 100% of proceeds going to MHA's programming for Education, Access to Care, and Recovery/Support services for mental health.  The event is also an opportunity for those who face or have faced mental health struggles to support one another and feel the support from our community.
For detailed information check out 
the  event landing page on our website.


Special thanks to the following sponsors:

Overall Event Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
Aurora, Johnsonville, Kohler
Silver Sponsors
Brown Baer, Lakeshore HVAC, Masters Gallery, 
Off the Rail, Sheboygan Benevolent Association, Wilson Mutal Insurance Co., and Van Horn Automotive 

Laugh with Joy
~Liberate Your Laughter~

How many times have you laughed today? 

Join us for fun and laughter on Monday September 19th in the  Rocca Room at Mead Public Library  from 12pm-1pm.  Facilitator Joy Cony,  Laughter Leader, Teacher & Trainer, will lead a Laughter Yoga Session   

What is Laughter Yoga?

Laughter Yoga combines simulated laughter with gentle yoga breathing techniques. There are no contortions or no fancy movements, just guided playful laughter exercises. If you can laugh, you can do it! We have all heard that Laughter is the Best Medicine. Join us and find out how laughing can improve your health and wellbeing by focusing on joy.

Get ready to get your giggle on and laugh with Joy!

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Registration required.  Register HERE online for this free event or call us at (920)458-3951 to reserve a spot!

Laugh with Joy Flyer

Loom Knitting 101

Join Joanna Brandt, Lead Peer Specialist at Open Door, on Tuesday evenings in September from 6:00-7:30 to learn to loom knit hats and possibly more!
 Learn a new skill and have fun with others! 

This is a free 4 week class with all supplies being provided thanks to generous donations. Registration limited to 8 people. Adults 18+ only.  The classes will be held at the Open Door Location.

"Loom knitting has been a crucial part of my mental health recovery. Loom knitting has been a huge stress reliever over the past few years as well as something that brings me pride and accomplishment which is huge with coping with depression." You can see Joanna's patterns, completed projects and more by visiting her FB page: or her Ravelry Page:

Registration required.   Click Here To Register

Upcoming Community Events

United Way Campaign Kick Off & Day of Caring 
September 8

Taste Sheboygan 2016
September 8

Annual Retreat for Family Caregivers 
September 8
This event is hosted by: ADRC Sheboygan County, Family Caregivers Coalition in Sheboygan County, Atrium Senior Living
Cost is $10 per person (make check payable to ADRC Sheboygan County)
650 Forest Ave., Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085

Location this year at Road America!

Contact Lisa Hurley (920-467-4079) with questions or need assistance with respite care.   
RSVP no later than Friday, September 2, 2016

Workforce Development Summit "Bridging the Generations Gap"
September 29
Directory of Community Resources 

MHA's 2016 Directory of Community Resources will be available by the end of September!  The anticipated July 2016 publication release date was extended due to the excessive amount of last minute directory submissions.  These additions and the improved formating ultimately make the directory the most comprehensive edition to date. 

Questions can be directed to Jessica Miner, our Mental Health Resource Specialist, at

Click here to be directed to our NEW Substance Use Treatment And Recovery Options Step by Step Guide for Sheboygan County.  This guide will also be included in our comprehensive Directory of Community Resources. 

Crisis Information & Emotional Support

24/7 Sheboygan County Mental Health 
Mobile Crisis
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 
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
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. 

#MindfulMondays #MindfulnessMatters
Please email 
to ask to be added to our new
#MindfulMondays #MindfulnessMatters
weekly eblasts! 
Spotlight On... 

~ September 2016 ~

Every September, SAMHSA, the  Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration,  sponsors
Recovery Month  to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, as well as celebrate people in recovery. 

Recovery is a fluid space, unique as each individual is themselves.   Core components of recovery included in SAMHSA's working definitionare:  Health, Home, Purpose, & Community.  As the SAMHSA website further explains, "Hope, the belief that these challenges and conditions can be overcome, is the foundation of recovery. A person's recovery is built on his or her strengths, talents, coping abilities, resources, and inherent values. It is holistic, addresses the whole person and their community, and is supported by peers, friends, and family members.

The process of recovery is highly personal and occurs via many pathways. It may include clinical treatment, medications, faith-based approaches, peer support, family support, self-care, and other approaches. Recovery is characterized by continual growth and improvement in one's health and wellness that may involve setbacks. Because setbacks are a natural part of life, resilience becomes a key component of recovery.

To learn more about recovery-oriented activities and events happening in our community, check out the  Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 Community  

MHA Wish List
Can you help us?
MHA is in need of:

Socks (Mens)*
Clothing (Mens)*
Drinking Straws
Bus Passes

Volunteer Needs Include:
Mascot Costume wearing for upcoming events.
(one-time or on-going service)

If you or someone you know can help, please don't hesitate to contact us at 458-3951 or

*Open Door has a ' Clothing Closet ' managed by our Peer Specialists.  Inventory is collected by generous community donations (both individuals and
groups).  Questions specific to the Clothing Closet, please call Open Door at 920-783-6801 or email .

2016 MHA 
Board of Directors

George Limbeck

Vice President
Tracy Brinkman
Rich Wassink

Jerry Gartner

Board Members
Elizabeth Abler
Dr. Thomas Campbell
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.

Youth Educator
Trisha Schelk

Mental Health Resource Specialist
Jessica Miner

Administrative Assistant
Inga Rozite-Escalera

Lead Peer Specialist
Joanna Brandt

Peer Specialist

Michele Williamson

Peer Specialist
Tracy Krause

Peer Specialist
Rebecca Gross-Schuette

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

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

Check out the online calendar of  Open Door for activities during and outside drop-in hours.

Visit our online events page to learn about MHA education events and support groups meetings.

Please click below to see the Open Door September Calendar of Events 

Open Door is a peer support recovery drop-in center creating a community of friends supporting wellness and recovery. 

Partner Agency  
United Way of 
Sheboygan County