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

Upcoming Community Event

Kevin Adam Prindle 9 Pin Tournament Supports the Task Force
A big thank you to all of the people and organizations who turned out in support of the Kevin Adam Prindle Memorial bowling tournament November 7 and 8 at the Club 53 in Amery. All proceeds raised benefit the Mental Health Task Force of Polk County. For more information on the tournament, visit the Club 53 Facebook page or call 715-268-8921.
If you were unable to attend the event, you can still contribute to the cause with an online donation! Click on the donate button to make a secure, online donation! 

The Remember Project 
The Remember Project addresses the isolation and fear associated with dementia through a unique experience using theater and conversations. Admission is free. This project is brought to our community through partnership with the The St Croix Valley Foundation, St Croix Regional Medical Center, ADRC Northwest Wisconsin, and the Northwest Alliance Community Foundation. Performances in Polk County include:
"Steering Into the Skid"
Thursday, November 5, 2015
6:30 p.m.
St Luke's United Methodist Church
204 Wisconsin Ave South
Frederick WI
St. Croix Falls
"In the Garden"
Thursday, November 19, 2015
2:30 p.m.
St Croix Regional Medical Center
235 East State St
St Croix Falls, WI
Balsam Lake
"Riding the Waves"
Thursday, November 19, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Balsam Lake Unity School Auditorium
I908 WI - 46
Balsam Lake, WI

For additional performances in the St Croix Valley or for more information, visit the Remember Project website, email, or call 715-386-9490.

Event Submissions
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.

The Task Force Launches Polk County YScreen Program
The Mental Health Task Force has launched a new emotional health screening program for incoming freshman at two area schools. The Polk County YScreen Program is a voluntary emotional health screen given to students in an attempt to identify mental health issues. Programming will be piloted in the St. Croix Falls and Clayton school districts in the 2015-2016 school year. Mental health clinicians will be on site during the screening days, conducting a brief consultation with each participant regarding their individual checklist results. More...

Thank You St Croix Valley!
A giveBIG thank you to all the individuals and organizations who contributed to the Mental Health Task Force on this annual day of giving in Polk County! $6000 was raised to support our mission and goals for mental health awareness in Polk County. The Task Force would also like to thank the Saint Croix Regional Medical Center, who provided a $2000 matching fund for this years campaign. Go to to see how the Task Force and other area organizations performed for giveBIG day!

Osceola Community Health Foundation's Annual Gala Benefits Task Force
The Mental Health Task Force of Polk County extends our sincerest thanks to the Osceola Community Health Foundation, who presented a check for $25,833, from proceeds raised at OCHF’s annual Holiday Gala. The contribution is in  support of the MHTF's Healthy Beginnings program, a mental health service for local children and their families in school and at home. Sue Gerlach, OCHF’s director, left, and Karen Elkin OCHF Board Chair, right presented the check to Bonnie Leonard, Chair of the Task Force. 


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 Offers Pilot Program to Area Families
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 Professional Education

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