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
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.
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

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.

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!

  •  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