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Posted on: May 19, 2022

Mental Health Symposium

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St. Croix County will be holding our first Mental Health Symposium on June 8. This is the first of what will hopefully be an annual symposium to share local perspectives and resources around Mental Health. This event is free and open to everyone. No registration required. 

This first event will focus on suicide prevention. In 2021, there were 12 deaths by suicide in St. Croix County. All 12 of these deaths were males. With 10 out of 12 of these deaths occurring between the ages of 40 to 65. The St. Croix County Health and Human Services Department is initiating this effort to better understand and address behavioral health crisis events to improve outcomes for the people of St. Croix County. During the symposium we will share local data, perspectives, and resources.

“My hope is that we get to a place where we approach mental health crisis events with the same sense of urgency and compassion that we apply to physical health emergencies. It is imperative that we as a community find ways to talk openly about mental health and addiction to promote wellness and prevent crisis events from happening in the first place.”

Bob Rohret – St. Croix County Health and Human Services Director

TopicsPresenters

Introduction

Bob Rohret – St. Croix County Health and Human Services Director

 

What the data is telling us

 

Patty Schachtner – St. Croix County Chief Medical Examiner

Veteran’s Perspective

 

Rick Rittmaster – Retired Army Chaplain and Ordained Pastor

Help is Available – Where to Find Local Resources

 

Shar Lopez – St. Croix County Behavioral Health Administrator 

Kelli Engen – St. Croix County Public Health Administrator

Q&A Panel

 

All Presenters

 

Where Can I Get Help?

We know life is difficult when you’re struggling with mental health or substance use. Remember that it’s OK to ask for help and support is available to help you and your loved ones. St. Croix County’s Behavioral Health Emergency Services and Crisis Program provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, dial 911 and ask for the Mental Health Crisis Team. 
  • For non-emergency services please call 715-246-8255 to set up an appointment or get information on resources.


More information and resources are available on the St. Croix County Suicide Prevention webpage

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