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

The Mental Health Task Force is extremely pleased to welcome our first Executive Director, Tom Brock!

The Mental Health Task Force of Polk County, Wisconsin is excited to announce the hiring of our first Executive Director, Thomas Brock.  Mr. Brock has a wealth of experience in nonprofit administration, and worked as the Director of Marketing and Communications with Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations devoted to suicide prevention and mental health awareness.  A graduate of Concordia University, Mr. Brock completed a Mini MBA program in Nonprofit Management at the University of St. Thomas.  As the owner and operator of West End Marketing and Communications, he has worked with a broad range of nonprofit organizations in all areas of administration, with a strong emphasis on helping develop newer nonprofits.  “I’m very excited to be joining the Task Force and helping to build on all they have accomplished,” Brock stated.  We are excited, too!  Welcome!

giveBIG Osceola

On April 29, the St. Croix Valley communities will come together for 24 hours of giving to area nonprofit organizations. From 12 am to 11:59pm nonprofits will benefit from receiving 100% of all donations and qualify to receive prize money and awards, furthering the impact of donors’ investment. See how your gift can have an even greater impact.  
This is the second year that the Mental Health Task Force of Polk County will be participating in giveBIG Osceola.  Visit our giving page to learn more about our organization and how to donate.
Many, many thanks go to St. Croix Regional Medical Center, who pledged to match the first $2,000 in donations to The Mental Health Task Force of Polk County, Wisconsin during giveBIG Osceola. This means your donations to support our programs--including suicide prevention, infant and child mental health, stigma reduction and mental health education--will be doubled! The giveBIG Osceola day is set for April 29, but you don't have to wait until then, you can pre-schedule your donation by visiting our giving page.  
In the photo from left to right: Michelle Doolittle, Task Force Secretary, Dave Dobosenski, SCRMC CEO, Pat Fettes, Task Force Board Member and Bonnie Prazak, Task Force Secretary.

Healthy Beginnings
A multitude of thanks go to the Osceola Community Health Foundation and the St. Croix Valley community for making children's mental health the focus of their 2013 Holiday Gala! Representatives of The Mental Health Task Force of Polk County, Wisconsin as well as Family Preservation of Polk County and Osceola Schools were on hand for the presentation of the proceeds from the Gala. Now we go to work--stay tuned for more information about our Healthy Beginnings Program! From left to right: Betsy Byker, MHTF Board Member; Robbyn Bowman, MHTF Board Member; Sue Gerlach, Foundation Director, OCHF; Sue Sopiwnik, Family Preservation; Sharon Ward, MHTF co-Chair; Peggy Weber, Principal, Osceola Elementary School.
Meet and Greet

We built many bridges on Friday, March 7 at the Meet and Greet we hosted for area school guidance counselors and mental health providers. Our goal: promote and strengthen mental health resources for youth in Polk County. Thanks go to the MANY providers who took time out of their busy day join us at the Polk Business Center to connect with others who share the same goals. Thanks also to Kim Henningsgard who organized this event and Mental Health America of Wisconsin for providing financial support.
Our Traveling Sign!
The Mental Health Task Force of Polk County is taking our message on the road!  We unveiled our sign this past summer at the Polk County Fair.  Now our sign is on a tour of Polk County schools: each month it will be displayed in a different school, generally in the commons area.  Look for our sign to pop up in your school soon! The sign was paid for through a grant from Mental Health America of Wisconsin.
Upcoming Community Events

Responding to the Unique Needs of Gifted and Talented Children:  Lunch and Learn at Amery Regional Medical Center, Friday, April 11 at 12:30 pm.  Free, no RSVP needed.
Upcoming Professional Education

 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