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Posted 05/07/2017 - Grief inescapable part of growing old. Read this incredibly insightful article by Vince Hatt in the La Crosse Tribune about life, death, aging, and grief. Read the article HERE...

Posted 03/12/2017 - Glenn Close and Patrick Kennedy on the Weight of Mental Illness. Read the article in the New York Times about Glenn Close and Patrick Kennedy, as they talk about mental illness and personal struggles. Read the article HERE...

Posted 02/13/2017 - 'We All' Struggle with Mental Health at Times, Says Prince William. Read the article on MSN. "Mental health was the great taboo. If you were anxious, it’s because you were weak," the royal dad of two said at the Guild of Health Writers event. Prince William, his brother Prince Harry, and Princess Kate have made a commitment to put mental health at the forefront of their public work. Read the article HERE...

Posted 01/11/2017 - Drop in County Suicides Attributed to Activism, Surge in Hope​. Read the article in the La Crosse Tribune. La Crosse County Medical Examiner Tim Candahl and Viterbo University Psychology Professor Debra Murray share their views on how trends are looking positive for 2017. Read the article HERE...

Posted 12/28/2016 - Star Wars actress and author Carrie Fisher dies at 60. Read the article in the La Crosse Tribune. In this candid view of Carrie's life, reporters talks about her long battle with addiction and mental illness and what she did to overcome adversity in the Hollywood environment. Read the article HERE...

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Posted 09/20/2018 - Announcing a Special Inaugural Call to Action Event in the Coulee Region - VOICES OF MEN. Tom Berkedal is the current President of a Fox Valley based organization called "Voices of Men." This group of men is committed to doing what they can to fight against instances of domestic violence, sexual assault, and misogynist behavior. Their annual Call to Action event in the Fox Valley has been sold out the past three years in a row, with more than 1000 people in attendance. Now, Tom is bringing Voices of Men to La Crosse in a series of events that will take place October 9-11, 2018. The inaugural Call to Action event will be held on October 9th, 2018, 8:00 - 9:30 AM in the Cargill Room, 332 Front Street, La Crosse, WI. Breakfast is at 7:30 AM. Speakers Brenda Tracy and Guante will headline the event. See the attached flier for details HERE... Click HERE for the Voices of Men Intro PDF... Click HERE for the speaker profiles...


Posted 09/11/2018 - Congratulations to Julie McDermid on receiving the 2018 Shining Star Award. Julie's star has begun to shine so brightly after being dimmed by a lifetime of struggling with mental health issues. Julie received the 2018 Shining Star Award on May 24, 2017 at a program and reception hosted by The Mental Health Coalition with collaboration from NAMI-La Crosse, Better Together, Independent Living Resources, and Change Direction-La Crosse Chapter. Read about the 2018 Shining Star/IRIS Awards Event HERE...

JUNE 2018

Posted 06/11/2018 - You are invited to the next MHC Information Exchange Meeting Can Peer Respite help La Crosse? on Thursday June 28, 2018, 7:30 – 9:00 AM at the Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse, WI. Come learn about new peer-based initiatives addressing substance use issues in our community. A panel will discuss how they hope to bring long-term recovery to those ready to turn their life around. Joining us will be a panel of speakers to address this topic: Tammy Anderson (Clinical Manager – Gundersen Unity Houses/Outpatient Behavioral Health), Brady Martin (Lighthouse Project), and Janelle Earle (Peer Specialist, Gundersen Health System). This is a free event and open to the public. Please RSVP HERE if you plan on attending.

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