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

January & February

Dear Friends,

Hello 2016! I hope that you were able to take time to reflect on 2015 and open your  hearts and minds to all that 2016 will bring.  I am so excited for everything  that MHA has in store this year...just see for yourself what you will find in this January & February  Mental Health Matters eblast edition. Wow! We hope that you find a way, as a community member or professioanl, to engage in the unique opportunities going on.  From book clubs, to art events we are hoping to connect! 

As always, please don't hesitate to connect with us if you have any questions.  We are happy to help! 
Stay warm and be well, friends.

Kate S. Baer, M.A
Executive Director
Upcoming  Events:
Expressed Release 
Open Door
Thursday February 11 (7pm)

A f ree painting w orkshop for the mind, open to everyone, on Thursday February 11th, 7pm at Open Door. The event, provided by the Never Alone Initiative, aims to promote a healthy release for emotional and mental well-being. Register here or call us at MHA at 920-458-3951.

Queen Bees & Wannabees Book Club
Kohler Public Library
Tuesday March 22  (10:30am or 6:30pm) 

Join us for a discussion on Wiseman's book, Queen Bees & Wannabees, on Tuesday March 22nd (10:30am or 6:30pm) at Kohler Library.  "Girl World", as Wiseman calls it, is a critical time period of flippancy, cliques, and social pressures which impact the way girls view themselves.  What this book does is gives parents insights into how their daughters operate, what they face, and most importantly proven strategies to support them in their social worlds, with self-worth.  

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.  

Save the Dates
Mental Health and Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse     Resource Fair
Tuesday May 3rd  ( 4:30pm -7:30pm)
RCS, 1607 Geele Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081

~There is Hope ~ 
Walk for Suicide Awareness & Prevention Event
Saturday September 10th (8:30am - 12:30pm)
Deland Park, Sheboygan WI 

Mindful Awareness Strategies 
A Professional Development Training Opportunity for Education & Community Professionals

Reduce stress
◘ Increase mental focus, attention & clarity
◘ Increase emotional awareness
◘ Improve health, including sleep
Enhance relationships at work and home

MHA is proud to sponsor a 1 or 3 day training on Mindfulness coming this April 2016!   

Join us to learn about mindful awareness strategies and the impacts these techniques will have on yourself and in your classroom, program, or with clients in general.  The first day is open to all as an introductory morning on mindful awareness skills and basics.  Mindfulness is not only a vehicle for self-care and stress reduction, but it also promotes core skills and dispositions educators need to create and maintain supportive learning environments.
Join us on days 2 & 3!  Pre-requisite is attending day 1.
* Participants who attend all three workshop days are eligible to obtain a Graduate credit via Edgewood college and/or attend Growing Minds Curriculum Training (to be held in summer 2016) in Milwaukee.  Fees will apply for graduate credit and additional curriculum training but the cost to attend days 1, 2, and 3 in April are at no charge to participant. 


Day 1         Wednesday April 6   (8:30-12pm)   Mindfulness 101 basics, attention & focus, calming strong emotional states

Day 2         Wednesday April 13 (8:30-12pm)   Anchoring mind & body, reacting vs responding

Day 3         Wednesday April 27 (8:30-12pm)       Science of neuroplasticity and psychology pf mindfulness

Final details including location and registration details will be announced in the coming weeks!  

Crisis Information & Emotional Support

24/7 Sheboygan County Mental Health 
Mobil 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. 
Spotlight On... 
High School Senior 
Mental Health America in Sheboygan County is once again offering a scholarship to promote careers in the field of mental health.  High school seniors who reside in Sheboygan County are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must be pursuing a degree related to mental health such as psychology, social work, psychiatry, or psychiatric nursing as examples.  Completed applications for the $500 scholarship, must be received by March 25, 2016 to be considered.  Visit our website to learn more     by clicking here

Questions?  Call us at MHA at 920-458-3951    or email
Alcoholism on the American Stage: Using Theatre to Break the Stigma
UW Sheboygan Lecture Series presents "Alcoholism on the American Stage: Using Theatre to Break the Stigma". The lecture will be held next Tuesday February 2nd at UW Sheboygan's Wombat room (7pm). Dr. Thomas Campbell (also new MHA board member) will be leading the lecture. 

2016 MHA 
Board of Directors

George Limbeck

Vice President
Tracy Brinkman
Rich Wassink

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

At our annual board meeting on January 26th, MHA welcomed three new board members:  Rebecca Rupnick (City of Sheboygan Police Dept.), Dr. Thomas Campbell (UW-Sheboygan), and Father Matthew Widder (St. Clement & Holy Name). We are grateful to have a diversified board of directors who help us promote good mental health!  
Welcome to our team!

MHA Staff

Executive Director
Kate Baer, M.A.

Youth Educator
Kellie Resnick

Administrative Assistant
Inga Rozite-Escalera

Peer Specialist
Rebecca Gross-Schuette

Peer Specialist
Tracy Krause

Peer Specialist
Michele Williamson

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 for activities and groups outside drop-in hours.

Partner Agency of United Way of Sheboygan County