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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 01/24/2018 - The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of La Crosse County will sponsor the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program for family members, significant others and friends of adults living with serious mental illness. The 12-session educational program meets Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:30 PM, February 8, 2018 through April 26, 2018, at Gundersen Health System - Green Bay Building - Community Education Room in La Crosse. The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is free, but class size is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register call Sheila at 608-797-3469, Cindy at 608-386-3249, or Barbara at 608-385-7595. Download the press release HERE...


Posted 01/12/2018 - Read the review from Mike Tighe of the La Crosse Tribune about Willem Van Roosenbeek's presentation at the Mental Health Coalition Information Exchange Meeting latest event, titled The Intersections of LGBTQ+ Identities and Mental Health. In Mike's article Education, understanding needed on LGBTQ issues, member/advocate said, he summarizes the message very well from Van Roosenbeek. Read the article HERE...

Posted 01/07/2018 - Nick Lechnir will be speaking on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 7:00-8:00 PM at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - La Crosse Chapter at the First Congregational Church, Corner of Losey and Main Street, La Crosse, WI. His presentation is titled "Addiction, Loss, and Recovery: How to Deeply Understand the Mindset of Addictive Behavior and Win the Battle". Nick will be sharing a deeply personal story about his childhood while growing up in a home with family alcoholism and abuse, and how to overcome mental health challenges associated with it. This is open to the public.

Posted 01/07/2018 - We invite you to Community Conversations: Faith & Business Leadership on January 17, 2018 at English Lutheran Church, 12:00-1:00 PM. Box lunch is served (free will offering). This is sponsored by the Interfaith Leaders’ Coalition. Registration is appreciated to plan for materials and lunch! Please register HERE. The theme for this conversation is Values vs. Conventional Wisdom led by Jeffrey E. Thompson, M.D. The conversation will be about what it takes to live your values in the face of stiff competition and often ego or financial based leadership. Dr. Thompson will use stories from the book "Lead True" about our region as well as from across the US to help outline a path forward that will help you be successful and live with yourself. Information can be seen HERE on this event flier and all 2017-2018 Community Conversation events can be seen HERE.

Posted 01/07/2018 - A major goal of the La Crosse Area Mental Health Coalition is to eliminate stigma and to share the stories of those who live the mental health experience. The names and stories are incredible, and serve to remind us that recovery is real. The Shining Star Award is conferred annually and is the Mental Health Coalition's highest and most prestigious honor. Those recognized as recipients are our friends and neighbors and individuals who exemplify recovery. Their journeys are often heroic accounts of determination and survival, reminding us that people can thrive despite having mental illness. 2017 was our 10 year anniversary. See past winners HERE. The Shining Star Award will be presented in May 2018. Download and mail the completed form to: The Mental Health Coalition, PO Box 3724, La Crosse WI 54602. Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018.

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