Since January, 2008 the Task Force of Polk County, Wisconsin has accomplished a number of goals and projects, including:
- Brochure: Our brochure lists all area mental health service providers and is available throughout our community. Download our brochure.
- Website: Our website www.mentalhealthpolk.org provides listings of local mental health and AODA providers, links to provider websites, basic information about specific mental health and AODA issues, and crisis assistance via a local hotline
- YScreen: Both physical and mental health of young people play a key role in their ability to succeed in school, have rewarding relationships with family members and friends and lead productive, happy lives. The Mental Health Task Force is implementing a new program that offers emotional health screening for incoming freshman at St Croix Falls and Clayton High Schools. Designed to identify risk factors associated with depression, anxiety, alcohol and substance abuse and suicide, this program is free and confidential and requires both the student and parent’s permission.
- Healthy Beginnings: Healthy Beginnings is a program that provides no cost mental health services for children and families in the home and school. This program is a collaborative project funded by a grant from the Osceola Community Health Foundation.
- The “Back-of-the-Door Campaign”: Our innovative program designed to raise awareness about mental health and reduce the stigma of seeking help by placing eye-catching posters in on the backs of bathroom doors or other locations in businesses, hospitals, schools, and social service organizations.
- QPR Training: QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer– 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. We have provided QPR training to dozens of area organizations and schools.
- Lifelines Training: The Mental Health Task Force collaborated with the Hazelden Foundation to provide Lifelines: A Comprehensive Suicide Awareness and Responsiveness Program for Teens to all of the middle and high schools in Polk County
- Youth Suicide Prevention Project: The Mental Health Task Force of Polk County, with funding from Mental Health America of Wisconsin, has engaged in a 3-year project to build awareness for and help educate on issues involving youth suicide prevention in our community.
- Professional Training: We offer and support training for area mental health professionals and service providers, such as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and compassion fatigue training.
The Mental Health Task force of Polk County would like to thank the following organizations for their generous donations to our organization in support of our goals:
- Polk County Department of Human Services
- Amery Regional Medical Center
- Osceola Medical Center
- Osceola Community Health Foundation
- St. Croix Regional Medical Center
- Town of Eureka, Wisconsin
- Mental Health America of Wisconsin
- River Valley Medical Center Provider Group
- Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative Operation Round Up
- Otto Bremer Foundation
- Friends of the Polk County Libraries
- AnnMarie Foundation
- United Way St Croix Valley
The Mental Health Task Force of Polk County also would like to express sincere appreciation to the creators and editors of www.helpguide.org, a website devoted to helping people understand, prevent, and resolve many of life’s challenges.