The Mental Health Task Force of Polk County

Polk County, Wisconsin


Connecting You To Resources!
When you have a problem with your heart, you go to a cardiologist. When you have a toothache, you go to the dentist. When you break your leg, you see your family doctor. So why do we hesitate to get help when we have a problem with our mental health? Unfortunately, we may believe that we should "snap out of it," "pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps," or just "buck up."

This kind of thinking creates shame, and rather than healing, it makes our mental health problems worse. The Mental Health Task Force of Polk County is committed to challenging negative attitudes about mental illness and reducing the stigma of seeking treatment. We can help you find answers to some of the most common mental health questions and connect you to resources in your community.

There is help!
Task Force News

Youth Chalk Art Competition
The results are in for the Mental Health Task Forces' Youth Chalk Art Competition! The project was held in partnership with Polk County schools to help spread a message of hope through outdoor artistic drawings. The competition is a project of the Task Force's Youth Suicide Prevention program. 
Six schools entered the competition, click here to view the contestants submission and find out more about the Youth Chalk Art Competition.


Task Force Launches New Program
Healthy Beginnings is a new, collaborative project funded by a grant from the Osceola Community Health Foundation.  The program provides no fee early intervention mental health services for home and school. The program launched this fall and began to work with kids and families from our partnering organizations, The Osceola School District, Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley, and Polk County Early Learning Center/Head Start. More...

Upcoming Community Events
Grace Place Grand Opening Weekend
October 10-11, 2014
Join Grace Place as they celebrate the Grand Opening of their new facility in New Richmond, WI. Featuring a community spaghetti dinner, run/walk and ribbon cutting ceremony. Click here for more information on the weekend event.
Secrets of Baby Behavior
Monday, October 27, 2-4 p.m.
Tuesday, October 28, 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, October 29, Noon-2 p.m.
Polk County Government Center
Free education program for parents, care providers and health care professionals in Polk County. Includes information on recognizing the cues babies give, what to do when a baby cries and understanding babies sleep patterns. Presented by the Polk County Department of Health's Women, Infant and Chilldren (WIC) program. Click here for more information. 
Please contact the Mental Health Task Force of Polk County to let us know about upcoming community events related to mental health and emotional well-being.  We will post information in our "Task Force News" section.

Upcoming Professional Education
Positive Solutions for Families
Monday, October 8, 9 am to 3 pm
Polk County Government Center
A workshop for individuals who have responsibility to support parents in parenting practices through parenting groups, parent/child playgroups or home visits. See flyer for more information.
LGBTQ Sensitivity Training
Friday, October 24 from 8-11 am
Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake.
The Mental Health Task Force of Polk County invites area professionals to attend this workshop conducted by Rev. Amy DeLong,  Sign up by 10/15/2014 by contacting Kim Henningsgard at See flyer for more information.

Event Submissions
Please contact the Mental Health Task Force of Polk County to let us know about professional education events related to mental health and emotional well-being.  We will post information in our "Task Force News" section. 

  •  If You Are Considering Suicide or Experiencing an Emergency:
    This website is a learning tool. If you are experiencing an emergency:
    • Go to the nearest Emergency Room
    • Call the National Suicide Hotline Numbers:  1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • Call 911
    • Call the Northwest Connections Crisis Hotline at 1-888-552-6642 for emergency mental health or alcohol/drug abuse crisis assistance.  Learn more about Northwest Connections 

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The Mental Health Task Force of Polk County, P.O. Box 432, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, 54024    contact us