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JANUARY 2018

 

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 (CORRECTED DATE) 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. To find out more about the NAMI La Crosse Chapter, visit https://namilacrossecounty.org. To find out more about speaking engagements by Nick Lechnir, visit http://leapfroggingsuccess.com/speaking.

 

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.

 

Posted 12/22/2017 – The Mental Health Coalition invites you to The Intersections of LGBTQ+ Identities and Mental Health at the next Information Exchange Meeting, Thursday, January 11, 2018, 7:30-9:00 AM at the Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse. The LGBTQ+ community has continued to grow and change. Come learn about current identities, information about the current state of the LGBTQ+ community, and the connection with mental health. Willem Van Roosenbeek is the Director of the Pride Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. In July 2017, he started his 16th year in this position. In this time, he has witnessed the ever-changing identities of a one’s sexual orientation and gender identity. Will earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation and his Master’s of Science in College Student Personnel at UW- La Crosse. Will services as a member of the City of La Crosse’s Human Rights Commission. Send your RSVP HERE.

 

2017

 

NOVEMBER 2017

 

Posted 11/14/2017 – Please join us for the next NAMI Educational Session (National Alliance on Mental Illness) on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at 7:00 PM, at the First Congregational Church, 2503 Main Street, La Crosse WI. Jill Gustafson, RN at Gundersen Health System will be presenting on How Mental Health and Addiction Coincide, with possible reasons why this may happen, interventions that can be used from an addiction standpoint, and how families can cope with a loved one suffering from these co-occurring disorders. For more information, please contact Matt Strittmater, Integrated Support & Recovery Services Manager, La Crosse County Human Services. Phone 608-785-6156. Email mstrittmater@lacrossecounty.org. Events are posted on the NAMI website: https://namilacrossecounty.org

 

Posted 10/26/2017 – Western Technical College is proud to host two free workshops focused on Retention Strategies for Entry-level Employees. It will address the intersection of poverty issues and employee performance. Ruth Weirich will be facilitating. She is a compelling and engaging story-teller. For businesses, the event is on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017, 7:30 to 10:30 am at Western Technical College, Lunda Center. Complimentary breakfast will be served. For service providers, the event is on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 11 am – 2:00 pm at Western Technical College, Lunda Center. Lunch is open. Register HERE. See the PDF fliers HERE and HERE.

 

OCTOBER 2017

 

Posted 10/13/2017 – Please join us for Community Conversations: Better Together on October 18th, 2017 at English Lutheran Church with speakers Heather Quackenboss and Diana DiazGranados. The event goes from 12:00 – 1:00 PM, and a box lunch is served (free will offering for the lunch). These monthly community conversations are sponsored by the Interfaith Leaders’ Coalition and hosted by English Lutheran Church. The theme for this conversation is “Better Together.” It is a collaborative community project to improve behavioral health in our community. Over the last year, Better Together has created a 4-strategy plan to improve resilience and social connectedness in youth, increase the capacity of informal supports, improve system integration, and improve awareness and attitudes about mental wellness. Click HERE to register. Registration is appreciated to plan for materials and lunch. View the PDF flier HERE. Future dates for Community Conversations are posted HERE. For more information please visit the Interfaith Leaders website HERE.

 

Posted 10/04/2017 – The next Information Exchange Meeting will be on Thursday October 26, 2017, 7:30 – 9:00 AM at the Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse. The topic of this meeting is The Intersection of Mental Health and Homelessness. The Homelessness Collaborative and other agencies will discuss the opportunities for maintaining engagement and meeting the mental health needs of individuals with emergency housing needs. Please RSVP HERE. Hope to see you there! 

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

 

Posted 08/24/2017 – Please join us for the first in a series of community conversations. Addiction and the Family – Session One: A Mom’s Perspective will be held Wednesday September 13, 2017, 6:30 – 9:00 PM, at the Cargill Room Riverside Center, 332 Front Street, La Crosse, WI. For more information, contact Coulee Council on Addictions at 608-784-4177. No registration required. Open to the public. Please spread the word!

 

AUGUST 2017

 

Posted 07/31/2017 – The MHC Public Policy Committee has released a Letter to the Editor in response to ongoing threats to mental health parity. The attached letter was submitted to Rusty Cunningham at The La Crosse Tribune, and signed by the board member of the Mental Health Coalition. Click HERE to view the Letter to the Editor.

 

MAY 2017

 

WATCH THE MHC SHINING STAR 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY VIDEO! 
CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW OR CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SEE THE 2017 PAGE.

Many thanks to Pat Kerrigan for your vision and guidance, Patti Jo Severson for your contributions, and to everyone on the Mental Health Coalition Board, friends, family, advocates, and Don and Roxanne Weber for helping to make the Shining Star Award Ceremony the huge success it has been over the last 10 years! 

 

 

Posted 05/21/2017 – SHINING STAR RECIPIENT KEN WEINBERG AWARDED ON TUESDAY MAY 9, 2017.

LA CROSSE, Wis—Viroqua native Ken Weinberg, a founding member of Vernon County’s The Other Door Drop-In Center, and a peer support person who is active in his community in the addiction and mental health recovery movement, received the 2017 Shining Star Award May 9, 2017 by The Mental Health Coalition of The Greater La Crosse area. The event was at 4:30-6:00 P.M. in the Cargill Room, Riverside Center II, Downtown La Crosse, WI.

Weinberg, 67, has a story of his own that supports the volunteer work he does with others in recovery. He lived in the Milwaukee area for nearly 40 years working in various businesses. While there, he struggled with a variety of self esteem issues that led to alcohol and drug addiction and depression as well as other mental health issues. “While I was successful at work, I was good with denial and was living out of a shell,” Weinberg said. “I didn’t have a healthy adult life, was miserable and lonely and barely coping. I finally got help, went into recovery and that was 18 years ago.” Don and Roxanne Weber are serving as sponsors of the event. Read more in the PDF flier HERE… or see the 2017 Shining Star Award page HERE…

 

Posted 04/19/2017 – SHINING STAR AWARDS MAY 9; AWARD RECIPIENT NAMED

LA CROSSE, Wis—Viroqua native Ken Weinberg, a founding member of Vernon County’s The Other Door Drop-In Center, and a peer support person who is active in his community in the addiction and mental health recovery movement, will receive the 2017 Shining Star Award May 9, 2017 by The Mental Health Coalition of The Greater La Crosse area. The event is 4:30-6:00 P.M. in the Cargill Room at Riverside Center II, Downtown La Crosse, WI.

Weinberg, 67, has a story of his own that supports the volunteer work he does with others in recovery. He lived in the Milwaukee area for nearly 40 years working in various businesses. While there, he struggled with a variety of self esteem issues that led to alcohol and drug addiction and depression as well as other mental health issues. “While I was successful at work, I was good with denial and was living out of a shell,” Weinberg said. “I didn’t have a healthy adult life, was miserable and lonely and barely coping. I finally got help, went into recovery and that was 18 years ago.” Don and Roxanne Weber are serving as sponsors of the event. Read more in the PDF flier HERE…

 

APRIL 2017

 

Posted 11/30/2016 – Join us for Ethics and Mental Health: An Interdisciplinary Conference on April 6-8, 2017 at Viterbo University. This is a national conversation on the ethical responsibilities of individuals, communities, businesses and government agencies in regard to how we approach mental health. Keynote Speaker is Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, author of several books, including “An Unquiet Mind: Professional & Personal Insights About Living with Depression and Bipolar Illness”. For more information see the web page HERE…

 

Posted 04/30/2017 – In recognition of Mental Health Month in May, Mike Desmond reminds us all to reflect on our own attitudes and beliefs about those who suffer from mental illness in his article Embrace Mental Illness with CompassionRead the La Crosse Tribune article HERE…

 

Posted 11/30/2016 – Join us for Ethics and Mental Health: An Interdisciplinary Conference on April 6-8, 2017 at Viterbo University – ​The D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. This is a national conversation on the ethical responsibilities of individuals, communities, businesses and government agencies in regard to how we approach mental health.

AGENDA
Thursday, April 6, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm: Keynote Speaker is Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, author of several books, including An Unquiet Mind: Professional & Personal Insights About Living with Depression and Bipolar Illness. For more information see the web page HERE…
Friday, April 7, 2017
7:30 am: Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45 am: Q&A with Dr. Jamison – RC 107
9:00 – 10:15 am
Session 1 – RC 107
#1 Pride, Shame, and Guilt: Moral Emotions and Mental Health – Jason Howard, Viterbo University
#2 Self-Injury, Shame, and Agency – Alycia LaGuardia-LoBianco, University of Connecticut
10:30 – 11:45 am 
Session 2a – RC 107
#3 An Inside Job: Moral Distress, Moral Residue and the Value of Workplace Mediation – Jessica Gosnell, St. Ambrose University
#4 Virtual or Digital Hoarding: Mental Health Perspectives for Workplaces and Households – Jo Ann Oravec, UW-Whitewater
Session 2b – RC 127
#5 Mental Wellness: Using Common Language for Culture Change – Teresa Pulvermacher, Campaign to Change Direction
#6 Panel Discussion: National Alliance on Mental Illness La Crosse
11:45-12:45 pm – Lunch – Reinhart Center Lobby
12:45 – 1:45 pm
Session 3 – RC 107
#7 Gun Deaths and Public Health: What is the Mental Health Connection? – Steve Miles, University of Minnesota Medical School
Session 3b – Nursing Center Simulation Lab
#8 Silent Tears – A Mental Health Simulation Experience – Tricia Klatt, Viterbo University
2:00 – 3:15 pm 
Session 4a – RC 107 
#9 From Suffering to Shalom: Friendship, Compassion and a Theology of Mental Illness – Mara Fitzgibbon Adams, St. Ambrose University
#10 Marpe Shalom: Self-Compassion, Health and Wholeness for the Professional Caregiver – Lynne Kuhl, Viterbo University
Session 4b – RC 127
#11 The Role of Telemental Health in Increasing Access to Mental Health Services in Rural Areas – Sherry Fontaine, Viterbo University
#12 Ethnicity and Stress: Being a Person of Color at UWL – Imani Paul, UW-La Crosse
3:30 – 4:15 pm 
Session 5 – RC 127
#13 Doing Harm: Ethics in Psychotherapy
Robert Schreur, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

 

Posted 11/20/2016 – Join us for the Adolescent Health Symposium, Feb. 9 and 10, 2017. Register before Dec. 11, 2016 and receive early bird discount pricing. Deadline for all registrations is Jan. 27, 2017. If you have questions, please contact the UW-Oshkosh Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement at 920-424-1129, toll-free 800-633-1442 or via email at conted@uwosh.edu. Register online HERE…

 

Posted 01/20/2017 – Nomination for the 2017 Shining Star Award has begun! The Shining Star Award is the Mental Health Coalition’s most prestigious honor in recognizing an individual who exhibits courage in living mental health recovery. Their journeys are often heroic accounts of determination and survival, reminding us that people can thrive despite having mental illness. 2017 marks our 10 year anniversary! See past winners HERE. Download and mail the completed form to: The Mental Health Coalition, PO Box 3724, La Crosse WI 54602. Deadline for submission is February 17, 2017.

 

​​Posted 01/11/2017 – Please join Diana DiazGranados, MSW, MPH for Youth Mental Health First Aid on Saturday, February 18, 2017, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM at Onalaska United Methodist Church, 212 4th Avenue North, Onalaska. Cost is FREE and lunch is provided. Call 608-509-8661 or email diana@lacrosseconsortium.org. See the event flier HERE…

 

​Posted 01/11/2017 – Please join us for a Mini Summit as part of Community Conversations at English Lutheran Church on Wednesday, January 18, from 12:00-1:00 PM. Dr. Brenda Rooney will present a talk “What Does Faith Have to Do with the Health of Our Community?” After the presentation, Dr. Rooney and Dr. Matthew Bersagel-Braley will facilitate the community conversation. See the See the event flier HERE… and Presentation flier HERE. Please register through Eventbrite by Friday, January 13, 2017 at http://www.interfaithleaders.org.

 

Posted 01/11/2017 – The Franciscan Spirituality Center will host A Tough Grace: A Night with Author Alice Holstein. This is part of the FSC’s Campaign to Change Direction effort to raise awareness about the stigma of mental health. Join us Thursday, January 26, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Register online at http://www.fscenter.org/event.php?id=2860 Visit Alice Holstein’s website HERE…

 

Posted 01/07/2017 – OmTerra proudly presents: Driftless Psychedelic Therapy Symposium. Researchers from far away come to Viroqua to talk about the latest research in psychedelic therapy. Join us on January 27, 28, and 29, 2017 at The Ark in Viroqua, WI. Tickets are available at omterra.org. See the event poster HERE… Visit the OmTerra website HERE…

 

2016

 

Posted 11/08/2016 – Independent Living Resources presents Mental Health First Aid, an 8 hour course on Tuesday December 6 and Thursday December 8, 2016, 9:00 am–2:00 pm. There is no fee to attend the training, and manuals will be provided. To reserve a spot, please call 787-1111, email advocacy@ilresources.org. For more information, visit http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org. Download the PDF flier HERE…

 

Posted 09/28/2016 – Nick Lechnir will present his talk “Addiction, Loss, and Recovery: Personal Perspectives on Mental Health” at Workforce Connections on October 10, 2016 at 6:30 PM, as part of training for coaches and mentors to help people re-enter the employment sector. View the PDF flier HERE…

 

Posted 09/28/2016 ​- Pictures and audio are now posted of Mike Desmond’s presentation at Community Conversations from September 21, 2016. View the page HERE…

 

Posted 09/28/2016 – Help us celebrate Mental Illness Awareness Week!  Don’t miss the screening of “No Kidding, Me2!” (Mature audiences – ages 15 and older). This is a film about real people on their path to recovery and giving hope to others. Screening is Tuesday October 4, 2016, 6:30 PM at the ICE House, Gundersen Health System, La Crosse Campus. See the flier for details HERE…

 

Posted 09/15/2016 – Mike Desmond will give a presentation titled “Mental Illness: A Family’s Pain, a Community’s Struggle” on Wednesday September 21, 2016, 12:00 PM, at English Lutheran Church, La Crosse, WI. This is part of a La Crosse initiative called Community Conversations, which is a program of the Interfaith Leaders Coalition ​to engage citizens in thoughtful, theological, non-partisan and non-political discussion about local economic and social issues. Anyone who is interested in making a difference may attend. For more information, see the website HERE…

 

Posted 09/11/2016 – Don’t miss the Suicide Awareness Event at Riverside Park, La Crosse, WI on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 6:30-8:00 PM and Suicide Prevention Summit on Wednesday September 21, 2016. Click HERE for details and registration.

 

Posted 09/11/2016 – Join us Thursday September 15, 2016​, 7:30–9:00 AM for the Information Exchange presentation: Public Health Perspectives on Mental Health: Why is Mental Health Important in the Public Health Lens? Jen Rombalski, RN, MPH, La Crosse County Health Director is our September 2016 guest speaker. ​Jen will unpack the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), especially as it relates to mental health being the top priority for the community.

 

Posted 08/30/2016 – Join us for a free community event CIT – Crisis Intervention Teams on Monday, October 3, 2016, 6:00-8:00 PM at the Vernon County Law Enforcement Center, 1320 Bad Axe Court, Viroqua. Introduction by Judge Rosborough and presentation by Margaret Larson and two CIT trained officers in Vernon County, Sergeant JoEllen Zitzner and Chief Benjamin Bakken. See the PDF flier HERE…

 

Posted 08/23/2016 – Mental Health is Worth the Conversation. Read the news article by Rusty Cunningham of La Crosse Tribune, which features La Crosse as a beacon of inspiration in reducing stigma of mental illness. Read the article HERE…

 

Posted 08/18/2016 – La Crosse Emerges as Mental Health Leader, National Advocate Says.  La Crosse County is becoming a beacon in the national Campaign to Change Direction, according to the founder of the movement to enlist communities in the quest for mental health. See the article HERE…

 

Posted 08/04/2016 – The Other Door Drop In Center in Viroqua, WI has released their August 2016 calendar of events. For more info please call 608-637-7052 ext.221. View the PDF flier HERE…

 

Posted 07/28/2016 – Join us for The Veteran Benefit and Job Fair and Mental Health and Homeless Summit on August 16 and 17, 2016 at Viterbo University.  The theme of this year’s summit is “Veteran’s Families – How the Community Can Support Them”. See the PDF flier HERE…

 

Posted 07/12/2016 – Mental Health First Aid training is coming to La Crosse! This event is on Tuesday July 26th and Wednesday July 27th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, and sponsored by Independent Living Resources. Please see the attached flier for registration information and details. 

 

Posted 07/12/2016 – Read the latest of issue of Mental Health First Aid Monthly newsletter. This month’s issue is about how to help in a crisis, new LGBTQ considerations, Mental Health First Aid at Work and more. See the newsletter HERE…

 

Posted 05/17/2016 – Please join La Crosse County Integrated Support and Recovery Services for the 5th Annual Community Walk for Mental Health Awareness in support of individuals affected by mental health issues. The event takes place on Thursday May 26, 2016 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM. See the PDF flier HERE… and program details HERE…

 

Posted 05/17/2016 – Join us for the presentation FROM TRAUMA TO RESILIENCE: Fostering Hope through Trauma-Informed Care on August 29, 2016.  Registration: 8-8:30 a.m. Training: 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Gundersen Onalaska Clinic, Education Training Room (lower level).  For more information contact Lacie Ketelhut at nketelh@gundersenhealth.org or 608-775-4891. View the PDF flier. Visit http://gundersenhealth.org/ncptc

 

Posted 05/12/205 – Congratulations to Therese Roellich-Bernadot for being the recipient of the 2016 Shining Star award, and to Steve Helgeson, La Cross County Sheriff for being honored as Outstanding Community Advocate! View the press release and slide show HERE…

 

Posted 05/12/2016 – Can We End Homelessness? Being the change. Join the Franciscan Sisters in convening the La Crosse Community Dialogue on Ending Homelessness with Erin Healy, National Advocate and Consultant on collaborative efforts to prevent and end homelessness.  The La Crosse Area has formed coalitions and created programs that shelter, feed, and assist our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. But, what if there were a way to end chronic homelessness and the suffering it causes? What if this could be done while preventing families from having homelessness being part of their future?  This event is on Thursday, June 9, 2016, 9:00-11:00 AM, Assisi Room, St. Rose Convent, 701 Franciscan Way, La Crosse, WI. See the PDF flier HERE…

 

Posted 05/06/2016 – Don’t miss the next MHC Information Exchange Meeting! Presentation Topic: Getting Past the Jargon of Trauma Informed Care. Thursday May 12, 2016, 7:30-9:00 AM at the Franciscan Spirituality Center. MHC invites you to join us in exploring how our community is embracing, utilizing and evolving with evidenced based Trauma Informed Care. We will briefly review the main concept behind Trauma Informed Care, and provide some resource suggestions. Our main focus will be hearing from our guest panelists about what works, what TIC is contributing to the community, what the limitations are, and what we do for next steps. Panel Guests include Joel Rooney, Psy. D., Integrated Support and Recovery Services La Crosse County Human Services; Regina Siegel, Director of Pupil Services & Learning Supports, School District of La Crosse; and Lacie Ketelhut, Program Coordinator at Center for Effective Discipline, Gundersen Nation Child Protection Training Center.

 

Posted 03/21/2016 – Wisconsin Peer Specialists presents the Peer to Peer Community Information and Listening Session on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 6:00-8:00 PM at Independent Living Resources, 4439 Mormon Coulee Rd, La Crosse, WI.  This session is for learning about peer to peer support of families that experience social, emotional, behavioral and/or Substance concerns. For more information please contact: Bob Fredericks at 608-242-8484, email: bobf@accesstoind.org, or Ellie Jarvie at 608-261-9046, email: Elizabeth.Jarvie@dhs.wisconsin.gov. See the PDF flier HERE…

 

Posted 02/08/2016 – La Crosse County, LHI, Viterbo University, Gunderson Health System, and other sponsors are proud to present The Veterans Expo for veterans, spouses of veterans, and dependents of veterans. This event takes place Thursday, March 10, 2016, from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the La Crosse Center, North Hall, 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI.  The Veterans Expo will have qualified professionals on hand to answer any questions regarding Disability Compensation/Pension, Education, Financial Assistance, Funeral Benefits, Health Care, Home Health Care, Long Term Care, Housing, Job Assistance, Nursing Home Care, and Social Security Benefits.  Event questions can be directed to La Crosse County Veterans Service Office at 608-785-9719. See the PDF flier HERE…

 

Posted 01/31/2016 – Join us for the NAMI La Crosse March 2016 meeting where Nick Lechnir will be giving a presentation titled Addiction, Loss, and Recovery: Personal Perspectives on Mental Health on March 15, 2016, 7:00 PM at the First Congregational Church, 2503 Main Street, La Crosse, WI (Corner of Main and Losey).

 

Posted 01/31/2016 – Western Healthcare Coalition presents Bringing Solutions together to Stop the Illicit Drug Epidemic on February 29, 2016 at the Cargill Center, 328 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI. Registration at 8:30 AM. Conference at 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Lunch will be provided. No cost to attend. Please contact rgraham@lacrossecounty.org to register by Feb. 17, 2016. If you have questions, please contact Bob Ritger at 608 780-6789 bob.ritger@dhs.wisconsin.gov, or Al Bliss at abliss@lacrossecounty.org. This will be a great chance to network and share ideas to work towards curbing this problem. Download the information flier HERE…

 

Posted 01/31/2016 – Please join us for Community Illicit Drug Forum: A NIGHT FOR HOPE – February 29, 6:00-8:00 pm at  the Cargill Center, 332 Front St South La Crosse, WI.  Sponsored by the La Crosse County Heroin and Other Illicit Drug Task Force, La Crosse County Prevention Network, and Addiction Medical Solutions. Please contact Al Bliss at 608 789-4820 or email abliss@lacrossecounty.org. Registration is not required, but encouraged, so we provide adequate resources and materials!  Download PDFs HERE and HERE.

 

2015

 

Posted 12/02/2015 – Nominate someone for the 2016 Shining Star Award!  Click HERE to download the nomination form, then complete and email the document, or mail a printed copy to the address on the form. Deadline for submission is December 31, 2015.

 

Posted 11/01/2015 – Please join us for our Community Teen Center Open House on Tuesday, November 10th from 5:00-7:00 PM at 1105 King St. La Crosse, WI.  For more information, contact Lisa Luckey, La Crosse Area Family YMCA, 1140 Main Street, La Crosse WI 54601.  Phone 608-519-5496.  Email lluckey@laxymca.org. Visit the website at: http://www.laxymca.org

 

Posted 10/26/2015 – University of Wisconsin Stevens Point presents the Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference for “Enhancing Systems & Building Inclusive Communities” on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 8-9, 2015, at Hotel Mead​, Wisconsin Rapids. Registration Fee is $50. For more information and to register online, contact Aaron Rasch at aaron.rasch@ilresources.org or go to http://www.uwsp.edu/conted/ConfWrkShp/Pages/WI-Peer-Recovery-Conference.aspx

 

Posted 10/14/2015 – Join people from around the state for the 26th Annual Children Come First Conference on November 10 and 11, 2015, at Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI. To find out more, go to http://www.ccfconference.org and register right from the website. Questions? Contact alison@wifamilyties.org or call 262-617-6775.  In Wisconsin, the number of kids who don’t receive needed mental health care would fill Lambeau Field. Concerned? You should be. Delays in treatment lead to an illness that is more serious and more difficult to treat. Youth with mental health needs can struggle with relationships, school, and employment. When kids aren’t healthy, it affects us all.

 

Posted 09/29/2015 – The OTHER DOOR Calendar of Events for October 2015 is available. See the calendar HERE… For more information, contact John Cox at email address: jcox@fccnetwork.org.

 

Posted 09/17/2015 – Please join us for the La Crosse Area Family Collaborative Launch Event on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, 8:00-11:00 AM at the Black River Beach Neighborhood Center! The La Crosse Area Family Collaborative utilizes a proactive, neighborhood centered prevention model to bring assistance to La Crosse area children, youth and families in a manner that is highly accessible, responsive and empowering. RSVP by emailing Jason Larson at jlarsen@lacrossecounty.org. Download the event schedule HERE…

 

Posted 09/14/2015 – Hope Begins: Compassionate Cop Saved my Life in Suicide Crisis. Read the La Crosse Tribune article HERE… This is part of the Suicide Awareness Event at Riverside Park, La Crosse, WI on Sept. 15, 2015, 6:00-7:30 PM.

 

Posted 09/11/2015 – State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports: Drug Overdoses Are a Leading Cause of Injury Deaths in Wisconsin.  See the PDF attachment HERE…

 

Posted 09/11/2015 – Join us for the 34th Annual Turned Family Leaf Festival, an alcohol free alternative to Oktoberfest. Saturday October 3, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM at Myrick Park Main Shelter, La Crosse.  See the event flier HERE.  See the Event Schedule HERE.

 

Posted 08/27/2015 – The OTHER DOOR Calendar of Events for September 2015 is available.  Beginning September 1, 2015, we will no longer be open on Saturdays. The AA noon meetings group will continue. Also beginning September 4, 2015, we will again be having our Friday Night Community Meals at 5:00 PM. Labor Day Open House is September 7, 2015 at 12:00 PM.  See the calendar HERE… For more information, contact John Cox at email address: jcox@fccnetwork.org.

 

Posted 08/18/2015 – Baldwin Joins Introduction of Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act.  U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act, a bill to continue and improve programs that help states and local communities in suicide prevention, helping children recover from traumatic events, mental health awareness for teachers and other individuals, and assessing barriers to integrating behavioral health and primary care.  Read the article HERE…

 

Posted 07/22/2015 – The Mental Health Coalition welcomes Katie Drury to the Board of Directors!  Katie is the Manager of the Health Service Center at Logistics Health, and brings much experience to the mental health community. 

 

Posted 07/22/2015 – Join us for the 5th Annual Rebuilding for Learning!  This year’s theme is Continuing our Journey as a Compassionate and Responsive Community.  We invite you to join us on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015, 7:30 am – 1:30 pm at the La Crosse Center, for our on-going collaboration between the City of La Crosse, the School District of La Crosse, La Crosse County, and many other community organizations.  Please RSVP by Monday August 3, 2015 to Sharon Jindrick at sjindric@lacrosseschools.org or call 608.789.7654.  Download the PDF HERE… For more information, go to http://www.lacrossepartnersinlearning.org

 

Posted 06/04/2015 – This is the inaugural year of the Mini Donut Half marathon and Mini Mile Honor Walk event to take place on the Great River Trail.  The event is on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 7:00 am.  The purpose of the event is to raise awareness on suicide and mental health.  This is a fund raiser for the local ‘Joe Was Just Joe Foundation’. For more information or to volunteer or register, please go to http://www.minidonuthalfmarathon.com.

 

Posted 05/18/2015 – Houston County Public Health to give presentation on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 in Caledonia concerning human trafficking. See PDF flier HERE…

 

 

View the Shining Star Event Slide Show from May 11, 2015 HERE…

 

 

Posted 05/06/2015 – Lt. Avrie Schott talks about helping man down from Cass St. Bridge. See Channel 8 video HERE…

 

 

Shining Star Event
Posted 05/05/2015 – Mental Health Coalition honors life-saving officer, volunteer at the Shining Star Event. See La Crosse Tribune Article HERE…

 

Posted 03/25/2015 – Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Every March, BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages. Activities are limited only by the organizers’ imaginations and include open days at neuroscience labs; exhibitions about the brain; lectures on brain-related topics; social media campaigns; displays at libraries and community centers; classroom workshops; and more. 
Mark your calendars for future BAW campaign dates:
March 16-22, 2015
March 14-20, 2016 
Visit http://www.dana.org/baw

 

Posted 03/25/2015 – The Mental Health Coalition welcomes Aaron Rasch to the Board of Directors!  Aaron is the State coordinator of Peer Run Organizations (PRO) at  Independent Living Resources  He can be seen on the Board of Directors page HERE. Welcome Aaron!

 

Posted 03/18/2015 – NAMI Wisconsin has just launched a new CIT/CIP website! The website contains general information about Crisis Intervention Training and Crisis Intervention Partners, with handouts, training calendar, testimonials, quotes, map with departments/counties with CIT trained officers, photos, and contact information. Many thanks to Margaret Larson, Donna Christianson, La Crosse County, and the La Crosse Community Foundation. View the website HERE…

 

Posted 03/09/2015 – La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative presents DANCE FOR HOPE – Join us for an afternoon of dance entertainment and instruction featuring local dance groups and instructors: Mixers, La Crosse Dance Centre, Y Dancers, Zumba, Ho-Chunk Youth Services, Saharah Dancers, Click’n & Grin’n Cloggers – March 28, 2015, 1:00-5:00 PM, Radisson Hotel La Crosse. Dance is free. Door prizes and raffle. Special appearance by Miss Wisconsin Raeanna Johnson.  A fun and educational event to raise awareness and hope. For more information, please call 211. Refreshments available for purchase. View website HERE…  View PDF poster HERE…

 

Posted 03/05/2015 – Official campaign launch of national “Change Direction” on March 04, 2015.  The Campaign to Change Direction is a coalition of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to “change the story” in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. Join the collective effort to change the face of mental health. View website HERE… 

“Change Direction” local campaign kickoff in La Crosse on March 23, 2015.  See the news article HERE…

 

Compassion Project
Posted 02/24/2015 – Keep compassion alive in La Crosse schools through this special book of student art work.

Orders are now being accepted for a unique book commemorating the 2013-14 Compassion Project that involved more than 6,000 La Crosse school students.

 A colorful 150-page book captures thumbnail images of many of the 6-inch-by-6-inch canvas art panels created by students to represent their idea of  compassion. The ongoing project aspires to teach the practice of compassion through the use of art and writing.

The cost of the book is $15. Order forms are being distributed through schools – or get one by following this link.

 

 

Posted 01/25/2015 – Tracing Needs is a semi-annual publication created by Great Rivers 2-1-1 as a tool to assist human service personnel, community planners, elected officials and other interested people in tracking new resources and in identifying and perhaps responding to unmet needs.

 

 

Posted 01/15/2015 – Wisconsin United for Mental Health – January 2015 Newsletter Released.  View online HERE…

 

2014

 

Posted 01/15/2015 – La Crosse County Aging Unit – Lunch Bunch Memory Café
This group meets the last Tuesday of every month from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, Black River Beach Neighborhood Center, 1433 Rose Street, La Crosse, WI 54603
The Lunch Bunch Memory Café is a place to meet with other family caregivers in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Once a month the café offers a chance for everyone to step out of their daily roles and share a positive experience in a supportive environment. It’s a place to listen, share and to learn from other caregivers who may be on a very similar journey. Caregivers are welcome to bring the person they care for with them to the café.  Lunch and beverage provided at a suggested donation of $4 per person.
Caregiver Education: Each month a different local agency/service provider will be invited to briefly share information about their services. They will also be available to answer questions and visit with family caregivers during the café.
Arts & Music: Occasionally, art or special music may be featured at the café. Details will be announced on the monthly invites.
If you would like more information, or to be added to our mailing list, please contact Amy Brezinka with the La Crosse County Aging Unit at 608.785.3460 or email at: abrezinka@lacrossecounty.org
Upcoming Dates:
January 27, 2015
February 24, 2015
March 31, 2015
April 28, 2015
View the PDF flier HERE…

 

Posted 12/11/2014 – 2015 Art of Recovery Calendar available today!  The artwork is once again phenomenal, and all are original pieces created by individuals living with disabilities who are in recovery; everything from painting to pencil to photography to woodworking to stained glass, each piece has been instrumental in the artist’s recovery process.  Calendars are $10 each, and thanks to a generous gift from Health Tradition Health Plan which covers the production costs, every single cent of your $10 goes directly to providing services to individuals living with disabilities! Contact Lori Dubczak at Independent Living Resources – 608-787-1111 or 
lori.dubczak@ilresources.org. Order the calendar HERE.

 

Posted 11/17/2014 – New Text Based Crisis Line in Wisconsin (HOPELINE) now operating. View the website HERE…

 

Posted 11/17/2014 – Prevention Institute Announces New Report and Partnership Focused on Boys’ and Men’s Mental Health. Read the article HERE…  Download the PDF HERE…

 

Posted 11/10/2014 – Alice Holstein inducted into the Hall of Heroes as one of two veterans at the Tomah VA. See the video and read the article HERE on WKBT…  See the article in the La Crosse Tribune/Tomah Journal HERE…

 

 

Posted 11/07/2014 – Coulee Region Mustaches – Support the local La Crosse chapter of the larger Movember effort to benefit men’s health. Read the article HERE… Donate HERE…

 

Posted 09/09/2014 – The 2014 Annual Suicide Prevention Summit is on Tuesday Sept. 9, 2014, 6:00 – 7:30 PM at Riverside Park, and Wednesday, Sept 10, 2014, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM at The La Crosse Center. Download the PDF file HERE.

 

Posted 08/28/2014 – NAMI Family to Family Education Program. Download the PDF file HERE.

 

Posted 08/06/2014 – NAMI Family to Family Education Program, August 28, 2014. Download the PDF file HERE.

 

Posted 07/21/2014 – La Crosse/Jackson/Monroe Counties Selected for 5-Year Youth Collaborative Crisis Services Grant – Information/Planning Event on July 29, 2014. Download the PDF file HERE.

 

Posted 07/21/2014 – La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium has released a report on the Burden of Health Disparities in Chronic Illnesses. Download the PDF file HERE.  For more information, visit: http://www.lacrosseconsortium.org 

Lindsay Menard, MPH
Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellow
Wisc. Population Health Institute/La Crosse County Health Dept.

Amanda M. Brouwer, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Winona State University

 

Posted 05/07/2014 – Congratulations to 2014 Shining Star Recipient Aaron Rasch.

See the 2014 Shining Star Event HERE.

View the 2014 Shining Star Slide Show HERE…