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

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 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
A.K.A. SISTERHOOD Overnight Retreat
February 1-15, 2015
A journey of girls, for girls, with girls to openly experience, express, exhale through
our first Overnighter! Open to all girls grades 5 to 8 --- Join us for an overnight retreat with art and dance activities, games, music, movies, great snacks, a wonderful evening meal and a scrumptious breakfast, PLUS plenty of time for excellent conversation. If weather permits, there will be time for sledding & snow-tubing. At the Association Retreat Center (ARC) in rural Osceola – Transportation Provided. Click here for more information.
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.

Upcoming Professional Education
Preventing Abuse of Infants and Young Children
Thursday, February 26, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
R & D Catering Banquet Facility, New Richmond, WI
This training is designed for medical personnel, child welfare agencies, parent support and education program staff, child care providers, and other professionals and caring community members committed to recognizing and preventing child maltreatment in their communities. The event is free of charge and registration is required. Certificates of attendance will be provided. Click here 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