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

Hello Friends,

I hope this eblast finds you well on a sunny, calm Autumn day.  From the bottom of my heart, I want to take this moment to thank all of you who have supported our There is Hope event.  Our fearless leader and event chair, John Scholke, our There is Hope committee rock stars (listed below), countless volunteers, donors, and then of course those of you who chose to show up on that rainy day.   You ALL make a POSITIVE impact on mental health in our community. Your presence and support of this event and our mission, gives me hope for a better and brighter tomorrow.  Hope for reduced stigma around mental illness. Hope for mental health parity and increased access to services.  Hope for more kindness and less judgement. As I hold my newborn son, I want nothing more than for him to grow up in a world where these hopes have become our reality.  

I am so proud to help lead the way, but couldn't do it without the amazing community of mental health champions and friends of MHA, like you!  Keep on keeping on, folks!   Together we truly make a difference! 

With gratitude,

Kate S. Baer, M.A
Executive Director

HOPE Shines Through 
on a Gloomy Weather Day

On World Suicide Prevention Day, Saturday September 10th, hundreds of mental health champions came together to honor loved ones lost to suicide and make a stand together in support of mental health despite the gloomy weather.  The message of HOPE was echoed in that of keynote speaker, Chris Prochut, who shared his own personal journey of devastation and resilience.  He also commended supporters for showing up on the rainy day, knowing how difficult and emotional an event like this can be and recognized our own local law enforcement for embracing mental health training and education.  Families were there to remember and honor loved ones lost to suicide and support those newly bereaved suicide loss survivors, to know that love and hope exist. 

Donations continue to trickle in and the announcement of funds raised will be ready by the end of the month.  In the meantime, know that your presence makes a difference and allows MHA to continue to provide services in education, access, and recovery.  We could not have the impacts we do, without you.    

If you have any pictures, please email or share on our facebook page using the hashtag #thereishope. Album coming soon! 

We value your feedback!  Please share your thoughts and experience with us by clicking below.


Special thanks to the following:
Chris Prochut (Speaker), Kristin Blanchard (Emcee), John Scholke (Event Chair & Rock Star Bossman), Liz Abler, Rebecca Rupnick, Bernie Nowicki, Trisha Erpelding, Jessica Miner, Inga Rozite-Escalera, and Kate Baer (There is Hope Committee Members), countless Volunteers, Donors, and Sponsors:

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

MHA Staff Celebrations!

Happy Birthday Brady!

On August 18th, our executive director Kate Baer and her husband Michael welcomed their 2nd son, Brady Robert Lawrence Baer!  The new Baer cub, born on a full moon, was a healthy 8.1 pounds and 21.5 inches.  The new Packer fan is pictured below with proud big brother JJ (3.5 years old). 

Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Erpelding!

On September 23, our youth educator Trisha Erpelding (formerly Schelk) became a Mrs. and married her love, Dan!  It was a most  fabulous weekend of love and celebration for the two and we wish them all the best!   

Understanding ADHD

This free four-part educational series will share the most current research in neurobiology, psychology, and education on the topic of ADHD.  Open discussions will be held to answer questions, provide creative techniques, and offer lots of humor and support!

Series dates are October 18, October 25, November 1, and November 8th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Insights. 

Attendance to all sessions is required as each sessions builds upon the previous one. 

RSVP required!  Seats are limited.  Click here to register online for this free event  or call us at (920)458-3951 to reserve a spot!

Loom Knitting 101

Join Joanna Brandt, Lead Peer Specialist at Open Door, on Tuesdays in November (8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th) 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 class, weekly sessions, 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.  
call us at 920-458-3951 with questions. 

Upcoming Community Events

Harvest for the Hungry
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
11am - 7pm
Hospitality Tent, Shops on Woodlake, Kohler

"Being Mortal" Film Screening & Discussion   
Tuesday October 18, 2016
6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Bull at Pinehurst Farms, Sheboygan Falls

Tuesday November 1, 2016
1:15pm - 3:15pm
Generations, Plymouth
Please click here to register!

Take Back Medication Day
Saturday, October 22, 2016
5 Locations in Sheboygan County!
10am - 1pm

Check out the flyer for details!   Questions?  Contact Sheboygan Police Department  Sergeant Kurt Zempel at 920-467-5192.
Crisis Information & Emotional Support

24/7 Sheboygan County Mental Health 
Mobile Crisis
#920-459-3151 or 9-1-1
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

COPE Hotline
#1- 262-377-2673
The Mission of COPE Services is to provide emotional support and crisis intervention, accomplished by the maintenance of 24-hour telephone hotline.  Trained volunteer listeners await on the other line, located in Ozaukee County, providing an listening ear locally, statewide, and nationally.  

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... 

Home Depot 
Planters Project 
at Open Door 

Thank you to our new friends from the local Home Depot (Dennis and Tom) for coming to MHA and building planters boxes with friends from Open Door! These will be used in the spring for Open Door friends to plant produce for us to enjoy and share all summer!

MHA Wish List

Can you help us?
MHA is in need of:
Toothpaste and Toothbrushes 
Men's Clothes 
Winter Coats
Winter Boots

Thanksgiving Dinner 
Do you belong to a group that would be willing to sponsor a Thanksgiving Dinner for Open Door friends?  We would be grateful! 

Volunteer Needs Include:
Distribution support for Directory of Community Resources to local educational institutes, social services agencies, businesses, etc. 

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 Erpelding, M.S.

Mental Health Resource Specialist
Jessica Miner

Administrative Assistant
Inga Rozite-Escalera

Lead Peer Specialist
Joanna Brandt

Peer Specialist

Michele Williamson

Peer Specialist
Tracy Krause

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.

There are lots of great happenings going on all month long including a walking group, mindful Mondays, an interesting Ted Talk, ending with a HALLOWEEN party (10/31 from 11am-1pm). 

 Hope to see you there!

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

NEW 2016/2017 Directory of Community Resources Publication 
Now Available!

MHA's newly formated 2016 Directory of Community Resources is now availalbe online and has gone to print!  If you are interested in obtaining a hard copy or have qu estions, please contact Jessica Miner, our Mental Health Resource Specialist, at or by calling MHA at 920-458-3951.

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

October is Depression Awareness Month

October is Depression Awareness Month. Sadness and anger are typical human emotions. We all experience these emotions from time to time. Major depression is something more. It's a feeling of overwhelming sadness and hopelessness. It involves a loss of interest in things you once enjoyed, often joined by other emotional and physical symptoms (over eating, lack of appetite, too much sleep, not enough sleep, etc.). Untreated, depression can lead to serious complications that put your life at risk. The good news, treatment works! Find out if you are experiencing symptoms worth seeking a professional's help for by clicking here to take our free, confidential online screening.

World Mental Health Day 
Monday October 10

Help us keep the conversation going!  Visit our facebook page and share what you do for your mental health and what works to help you in recovery!