Osceola Community Health Foundation Presents Check to MHTF

Posted on Apr 3, 2017

(Pictured left to right: MHTF Executive Director Tom Brock, MHTF Board Member Robbyn Bowman, OCHF Director Sue Gerlach, MHTF Administrative Assistant Michelle Doolittle, OCHF Development Coordinator Jessica Neumann)

Mental Health Task Force of Polk County Receives Proceeds from Osceola Community Health Foundation Gala

Money Raised Benefits the Healthy Beginnings Early Childhood Mental Health Program

(OSCEOLA, WI – April 3, 2017) The Mental Health Task Force of Polk County (MHTF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise awareness for mental health and mental health services in Polk County, recently received a check for more than $30,000 from the Osceola Community Health Foundation (OCHF).

The money was raised during the “Fund A Need” portion of OCHF’s annual Holiday Gala last December, through contributions from individuals and businesses in attendance at the event, held at Trollhaugen Event Center. Overall, the event raised $152,451 in support of the Osceola Medical Center and the MHTF.

“We are amazed by the outpouring of generosity we received from the community at this event,” said Tom Brock, Executive Director of the MHTF, “and we’re grateful for the leadership and support of the Osceola Community Health Foundation.”

The proceeds raised benefit the MHTF’s Healthy Beginnings program. Healthy Beginnings is a free service that provides mental health therapy for children at home and in the Osceola School District. The mission of Healthy Beginnings is to help break the cycle of systemic and inter-generational trauma that leads to mental illness and substance abuse within our community. Prevention and early intervention, through mental health therapy, will be the main force to break these unhealthy patterns of behavior.

OCHF is a nonprofit organization that works to identify needs and provide funding for health-related services to residents of the community. In addition to Healthy Beginnings, OCHF has provided funding for other MHTF programs, including Polk County YScreen, a mental wellness screening for students, and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training. “Supporting mental health services has been a focus of the foundation’s efforts for several years. We are pleased to provide funding for this worthy program.” said Sue Gerlach, Director of OCHF.

Overall, OCHF has raised $120,000 in support of Healthy Beginnings, which has provided more than 600 hours of no-cost mental health therapy to 60 area families since 2014. To learn more about the OCHF, visit their website at MyOCHF.org. For more information on Healthy Beginnings, go to mentalhealthpolk.org.

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