Mental Health Coalition

The Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition was formed in 2012 after mental health was identified as one the major health needs of the county. The coalition includes partners from various sectors of the community that work together on the following goals:

  • Increase awareness and knowledge of mental health conditions.
  • Increase access to mental health resources.
Members Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital, UW- Extension Lincoln County, Ascension Sacred Heart/St. Mary’s Hospital, Marshfield Clinic Merrill, Merrill Area Public Schools, North Central Health Care, Medical College of Wisconsin, HAVEN Inc., Lincoln County Health Department, Lincoln County Department of Social Services
Partners Ascension Medical Group Merrill, Tomahawk School District, Merrill Police Department, Lincoln County Housing Authority, Northwoods Veterans Post

Coalition Initiatives

FREE Mental Health Family Support Group

NAMI Northwoods is now offering NAMI Family Support Group, a free peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. The group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6-7 pm at the Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital in the DeAngelis Room. Learn more.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour course that teaches participants how to help someone who is developing a mental illness or in a crisis. Individuals learn about risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns and strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Several coalition members are trained instructors in the adult and youth curriculums. Contact the coalition in you are interested in scheduling a training for your organization. Learn more

QPR Training

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPR can be learned in as little as 1 hour. Individuals trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Several coalition members are trained instructors in the adult and youth training curriculums. Contact the coalition in you are interested in scheduling a training for your organization. Learn more.

Featured Project


Mental Health Coalition Uses Chalk Art to Create Awareness

In observance of Mental Health Awareness Week, coalition members created positive chalk art messages on the River Bend Trail in Merrill. Learn more.

Get Involved

To learn more about the Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition and how you can get involved, contact Kristin Bath, Public Health Educator, at 715-539-1373 or kbath@co.lincoln.wi.us.

Resources

Lincoln County Mental Health Resource Guide – This brochure was created by the coalition to help connect community members  to mental health resources in Lincoln County.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 – The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Text “HOPELINE” to 741741 – HOPELINE, by the Center for Suicide Awareness, is a free service for help and hope. HOPELINE is a 24/7 Wisconsin Emotional Support Text Line and provides service throughout the entire state.

Lincoln County Drug Free Coalition – Lincoln County Drug Free Coalition brings together various sectors of the community to work together toward a common goal of reducing the use/abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among youth and over time among adults. Website has helpful resources for community groups, providers and parents.

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