November 2018
~ Hello Friends ~ 

It is with deep gratitude I write my last message as Executive Director of Mental Health America in Sheboygan County.  I am so very thankful for the team of staff, board members, volunteers, community partners, donors, and those we support. For the forever friendships I have made. For the heart breaking stories I've been so carefully entrusted and the heart felt triumphs I've witnessed.  For the love our community holds for mental health and the work we do investing in people. I am thankful for you.  For hope. I am also thankful for change.  I am grateful for challenges, transitions, and the world spinning madly on.  I am so excited to announce MHA has found my replacement, Julie Preder.  Julie brings to the team her experience in mental health education and suicide prevention work.  She brings her own authenticity, story, skills, and heart. I look forward to continuing to support MHA during this transition and I hope/know you all do, too.  I have gratitude for Julie accepting her new role and look forward to watching MHA continue to thrive.  You are all a piece of this and I know Julie looks forward to meeting you all and doing great things, continuing to invest in people and our community.  

Thank you, again, for entrusting me to be such an integral part of this organization. My life is forever better off having worked here.  Keep soaring MHA!  I know you will. 

With Peace & Gratitude,

Kate S. Baer, M.A
(Former) Executive Director

Stop by, reach out, and I encourage you to make an effort to welcome and connect with MHA's new Executive Director, Julie!  She looks forward to meeting you all. 

Julie L. Preder
Executive Director
(920) 458-3951

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MHA Sheboygan County Welcomes New Executive Director, Julie Preder

The Board of Directors of Mental Health America in Sheboygan County is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie L. Preder, as the organization's new Executive Director, effective November 19, 2018.  Board President, Wendy Yurk shares, "Julie has extensive experience in the mental health field and is enthusiastic about carrying on the MHA programs spearheaded by outgoing Executive Director Kate Baer, such as at the Open Door, the Mindful Classroom Initiative, Workplace Wellness, and MHA's support of United Way's PATH (Providing Access to Healing) program. We welcome Julie and look forward to her new ideas for leading us in our mission to promote mental wellness through education, empowerment, and support. Thank you so much to Kate for her outstanding leadership throughout her six years of dedicated service."


Pies Giving at Open Door
Wednesday November 21

Open Door, a peer support & recovery drop-in center, and program of MHA, invites you to join us for Friends Giving / Pies Giving on Wednesday, November 21!  While we aren't planning a "traditional" Thanksgiving meal, we are open to any/all donations and PIES!  Thank you for supporting Open Door Friends and MHA!  We are grateful! 


Mind Jar Making Party
December 11, 2018 | 5:30 pm

J oin the Mindful staff at our first holiday mind jar making party! A mind jar, which is used as a kid friendly focusing and calming tool in our Mindful Classroom Initiative, provides a fun and accessible way to learn about our brain and how to manage our stress.

Choose your favorite calming colors to make your jar and then practice mindful breathing techniques to help manage stress, increase focus, and improve mood. Make a health focused gift or keep it for yourself to help manage holiday stress!  Great gift for adults, too!

$5/jar. SPACE LIMITED If you are wanting to bring additional family members per jar or you are unable to afford payment, please contact MHA at 459.3951 or 


Upcoming QPR Training
December 4, 2018 | 5:30pm
Open to the Public
Mead Public Library
Sheboygan, WI 

Join MHA QPR-trained staff in leading a free, open to the public, QPR ~ Question, Persuade, Refer, training at the Mead Public Library on Tuesday, December 4th (5:30 pm - 7 pm).  QPR is an evidence-based suicide prevention training for everyone! Learn to identify the warning signs, how to talk to someone contemplating suicide, and how you can intervene to help save lives. Mental health matters.
Thank you for showing up! 
Gratitude Pop-Up 
Community Quotes

Let the gratitude begin! We are so excited to share our second Pop-Up Quotes campaign this November focused on the power of gratitude. We will again feature community leaders and mental health champions throughout Sheboygan County!

According to the article 
from Psychology Today,
and many other documented studies, focusing on gratitude has tremendous benefits for our overall health and well-being.

The article reminds us that when we practice gratitude again and again, we rewire the brain to enable us to be more positive more easily and more often. We gain significant health benefits such as increased motivation, decreased symptoms of depression, improved energy, better sleep, decreased sense of hopelessness, reduced anxiety, and increased happiness and contentment.

Check out the many quotes from Mental Health Champions in our community "popping up" all month long in honor of practicing gratitude on our Facebook page.  

All quotes will be posted on our website after the campaign and you can find our last Pop-Up Community Quotes Campaign from May (themed May as Mental Health Month).

Gratitude  to all who are participating! 

Community Events & Happenings

WIRCO presents
Recovery Coach Training 

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Healthy Sheboygan County 2020's S tigma Committee organized a large training of QPR trainers in June 2017.   This cadre of trainers represents over 18 indivdiuals from a variety of sectors in community including higher ed, h ospital systems, health care, community organizations and businesses!     

The target audience to QPR trainings is anyone and everyone!   This cadre will likely be training those 16 years and older, but please do not hesitate to inquire about younger ages as well by following the link and filling out the form below.  The training is evidence-research based and typically an hour length (at minimum).

To request a QPR training, please visit the link below:
Questions?  Please contact MHA Sheboygan:
 (920)458-3951 or

Need more info on QPR training?  Please visit link below:

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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. 

Spotlight On 

Service Club's 
Brides maids Gala 

A message from MHA 
Board & Staff...

We are beyond honored to have been chosen as the Sheboygan Service Club 'Partner Agency' this year. We are grateful for their compassion, hard work, and commitment to service making our community shine bright. It's remarkable what they do all year long in service hours and the work that goes into this fabulous event and show does not go unnoticed.

We also appreciated the laughter and love they brought to the evening on Saturday November 10th! Talent is alive and well in Sheboygan County! What is also alive and well? Pure generosity! We are grateful to all sponsors, donors and attendees. Speaking of, attendees were so generous in their support of our work that night. Our tables of MHA staff and board certainly had true tears of gratitude rolling down our cheeks during the reverse live auction for knowing so many believe in our 
mission and the important work we do. 

Mental health impacts us all and together we can build hopeful and resilient communities!

Special thanks to Lisa Biemann (Grant Elementary School) for her powerful, authentic, and passionate speech advocating for teachers and students everywhere AND the benefits from having participated in our Mindful Classroom Initiative. Continued thanks to Mike Rank (Sheboygan South High School) for appearing in our video, sweet wonderful 6 year old Gracie for sharing why she loves mindfulness, MHA staff for participating in the video and being front line workers making a difference daily.

Surrounded by hundreds of mental health champions sure gives us all hope. 

we create hope.

Be Mindful 


Stay in touch! Click here and sign-up to be added to our Mindful Mondays weekly email!   

*If you are intersted in bringing mindfulness to your classroom or business, please contact us at (920) 458-3951 
or email

MHA Wish List

Plain, quart-sized mason jars 
Glue Sticks
Garbage Bags
Paper Bags
Bottled Water
Amazon Gift Cards

Tis the season 
for giving!
Check out our website to make your annual holiday contribution today! 

2018 MHA 
Board of Directors

Wendy Yurk 

Vice President
Dr. Thomas Campbell 
Adam Norlander

Kevin Bruggink

Board Members
Elizabeth Abler
Laura Albright
Connie Bitter
Elisa Carr
Dawn Jastrow
Dr. John Olsen
Mary Paluchniak
Katherine Pruitt
Laura Reinenmann
Rebecca Rupnick
Dana Salata
Fr. Matthew Widder

Interested in becoming an MHA Board Member?  

MHA will host our annual meeting on Tuesday January 29, 11:30 am at our Open Door site.  If you are interested in attending please contact Julie Preder, MHA ExecutiveDirector. 

MHA Staff

Executive Director
Julie L. Preder

Education Coordinator 
Trisha Erpelding, M.S.W.

PATH Coordinator | Mindful Instructor
Brianna Heusterberg

Mental Health 
Resource Specialist
Lisa Koepsell

Lead Peer Specialist
Joanna Woolwine

Peer Specialist | Recovery Coach
Tracy Krause

Mindful Instructor 
Rachael Lewinski

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.

Open Door is a safe, nonjudgmental place that provides a leisure space for folks to gather. Check out our monthly calendars that often incorporate Mental Health Discovery topics,Ted Talks, movie days, Art Tonic activities and much more!  Learn more and visit our website page here to find the latest calendar. 

 Hope to see you there!

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


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Proud Partner Agency  

United Way of 
Sheboygan County

Thank you friends and supporters of United Way!  We recognize how valuable United Way's staff, board, and volunteers are in supporting the work we do.  We are pleased to announce a continued partnership of investment into MHA's Education, Information & Assistance, and Community Services programs for 2018/2019!

Thank you!    
MHA Support Groups 
Compassionate Parents 
Support Group

* December 10
* Meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30pm
* For bereaved parents who have lost a child
* Meeting location (Open Door site) 817 N. 8th Street, Sheboygan

*stay tuned for an announcement of a special December candle light remembrance

Telephone Friends
Julie Kaboord 
Jeff and Jane Meyer 

Suicide Loss 
Support Group
* Next Meeting Monday Nov 26
* Meets the last Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
* For anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide
* Meeting location: (MHA House Building) 915 N 7th St., Sheboygan

Contact MHA Sheboygan at (920)458-3951 or