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


Dear Friends,

Thanks for taking the time to read through our latest eblast and learn about all the great things happening at MHA and in our community!  Highlights in this March 2016 eblast include:
  • Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 Committee and Website
  • New MHA employee Jessica Miner and the John C. & Katherine B. Miller Charitable Fund Donation 
  • Upcoming events ~ good for your mental health
  • Recent ACUITY support
We are so grateful for the continuous community support we receive as an agency which allows us to provide services in prevention, education, access to care, and recovery/support services.  From businesses like ACUITY to partnerships such as our Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 collaborations, we could not have the impacts we do, without it.  
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  Events:
Expressed Release 
Open Door (817 N. 8th Street, Sheboygan)
Thursday March 10 (7pm)

A free painting workshop for the mind, open to everyone, on Thursday March 10, 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.  

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.

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

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 or interested in having a resource table but haven't been contacted yet?  Email or call 920-458-3951. 
Please Save the Date
~There is 
A Walk for Suicide Awareness & Prevention Event
World Suicide Prevention Day
Saturday September 10th (8:30am - 12:30pm)
Deland Park, Sheboygan WI 

The 11th annual local event brings together those who have lost a loved one to suicide and all those who support mental health in our community.  Details announced in the months to come.  
Our Hearts Sing with Joy & Gratitude

Check Presentation at MHA December Board Meeting for the John C. & Katherine B. Miller Charitable Fund donation via the Lakeshore Community Foundation (LCF).  

Pictured Above (Back Row, L-R): John Miller (Donor), Clara Murphy (2015 MHA Board President)
(Front Row, L-R): Kate Miller (Donor), Kate Baer (MHA Executive Director), Rachel Wiegert, LCF Executive Director), and Ed McKelvey (Donor and LCF Board Member)

Last December, MHA had the privilege of being invited to speak about the important and awesome work being done both nationally and locally by MHAs at ACUITY's annual town hall meeting.  Employees are empowered to vote for one of the six nonprofits that were invited to present.  It was an awe-inspiring experience and MHA received a very large donation from the ACUITY team.  We are humbled, honored, and so proud to be one of six recipients of these funds.  How cool it is that ACUITY encourages their team to ' Be Joy, Be ACUITY, Be You' and is continuously recognized as a top place to work, not just locally, but nationally, too!  

Thanks, ACUITY!   

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. 
Spotlight On... 

Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 
Committee & Website
Did you know that there is a super cool website where you can find ALL
Health related events in our community?  How fabulous is that?  (We think super fabulous.)

Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 (HSC2020) is a community-based, private-public partnership formed in 1993 which is designed to make positive changes in the health status of Sheboygan County by the year 2020.  The diverse membership includes public health, local health care agencies, schools, businesses, and community representatives, all working together to achieve the ultimate goal of the community living better, longer lives.  MHA is proud to be an involved organizational member of the committee.  To learn more about HSC2020 and the focus health priorities driven by local community health needs assessments, visit the website.

If you want to know about ALL
Health related events in our community
 visit the calendar here.  You can submit your own agency & community health events as well. 

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

MHA Welcomes Mental Health Resource Specialist
MHA is proud to announce the hire of our new Mental Health Resource Specialist, Jessica Miner.  Jessica joins MHA bringing with her a wealth of  information  on community resources, compassion and creativity. 

Jessica can be reached on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (8am-5pm) at
or (920)458-3951.  Learn more about Jessica here.
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The mental health resource specialist position is newly created to help support the work of MHA in prevention/edu cation, access to care, and recovery support services.  Funding for this two-year position was possible through a generous grant from John C. and Katherine B. Miller Charitable Fund via the Lakeshore Community Foundation. 

We are so grateful for supporters like John and Kate who go above and beyond to make a difference for mental health services in our community. 

MHA Staff

Executive Director
Kate Baer, M.A.

Youth Educator
Kellie Resnick

Mental Health Resource Specialist
Jessica Miner

Administrative Assistant
Inga Rozite-Escalera

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 for activities and groups outside MHA office hours 
and Open Door drop-in hours.

Partner Agency  
United Way of 
Sheboygan County

Chamber Gala 2016

MHA was honored to be a nominee in the category, Nonprofit of the Year, through the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce.  Check out Kate & Kellie, pictured above, representing MHA at the recent Chamber Gala event!  MHA did not win, but was among fine company. Congrats to Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice on their deserved win.