A grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the stigma of mental illness, increasing awareness and improving access to care.

giveBIG to the Mental Health Task Force of Polk County on April 29!

The first $2000 in donations will be matched by the St Croix Regional Medical Center! Double your gift to the MHTF during giveBIG Osceola.

Our goal for giveBIG Osceola 2014 is $6,000.

Visit our website www.mentalhealthpolk.org

Since being established in 2008, The Mental Health Task Force of Polk County, Wisconsin has grown into an active and effective coalition of mental health care providers, government and law enforcement representatives, human service agencies, school personnel and community members.

Our goals include:

  • Reduce stigma associated with mental health issues
  • Improve access to mental health care
  • Increase awareness of mental health issues via educational programming
  • Identify and address mental health issues that face our community

Our current Mental Health Task Force initiatives include:

Website and Brochure: Our brochure lists all area mental health service providers and is available throughout our community. 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

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 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.

Suicide Prevention: With assistance from Mental Health America of Wisconsin, the Mental Health Task Force is working to develop our area as a model community for youth suicide prevention.

Healthy Beginnings: The Mental Health Task Force is taking the lead in this program to establish therapy services in the home and school for children who may not otherwise be able to receive care.

You can help! The Mental Health Task Force depends on donations from individuals and organizations to accomplish its goals. Click the "Donate Now" button to make a donation. We also depend on our dedicated members and volunteers who work tirelessly to support the mental health needs of our community. Visit www.mentalhealthpolk.org to find out how to get involved.

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