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 Events

Kevin Adam Prindle 9 Pin Tournament
Saturday, November 7, 2015
(If needed, Sunday, November 8)
11 a.m. Start. Club 53
125 Keller Ave N, Amery, WI
Memorial tournament in memory of Kevin Adam Prindle. Everyone is welcome, all ages and skills. Sign up in advance at the club 53. Registration is $20 per person. Includes silent auction, 50/50 raffle, food, prizes and fun! All proceeds 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 are 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.

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 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 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