We need your help!
At MHA, we are grateful to count on YOU as a mental health champion in our community. Know that your support helps our programs thrive in areas of prevention, education, access to care, and recovery/support services for mental health.
Click below to donate online and be a mental health champion with us!
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10 REASONS TO MAKE A DONATION TO MHA TODAY
10. MHA's dollars support LOCAL efforts to improve our community's mental health
9. MHA's programs support the spectrum of care from prevention (mindfulness in the schools) to crisis intervention (financial assistance for emergency psychotropic meds)
8. MHA is a "go-to" agency that steps up to problem solve when community needs arise (such as the recent creation of the Substance Use Treatment & Recovery Options Guide)
7. MHA's programs help remove the stigma of mental illness & substance use conditions (Honest, Open Proud Workshops)
6. MHA operates Open Door, a peer support recovery drop in center for adults with mental illness and hires peer specialists (folks who self-identify as having lived experience with a mental illness, trauma history, and/or substance abuse history and are in recovery) to operate the program
5. MHA provides free mental health screenings online all year long
4. MHA helps educate the public on mental health conditions and resources to support them
3. MHA's programs build resilience, inclusion and hope for community members
2. MHA provides two unique, peer-lead grief support groups (Compassionate Parents for parents who have lost a child and the Suicide Loss Support Group)
1. MHA's team works hard to provide unbiased and nonjudgmental information to help someone in their unique recovery
๏ In 2014, a local community health needs assessment found that 9% of Sheboygan County residents reported they always or nearly always felt sad, blue, or depressed in the past 30 days
๏ Mental disorders will affect 1 in 4 Americans each year and over the course of a lifetime about half of Americans will have a diagnosable mental illness
๏ Mental illnesses are more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease
๏ Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds in Wisconsin
๏ 165 confirmed suicides between 2003 and 2013 in Sheboygan County, with 21 lives lost to suicide in 2014
๏ It typically takes ten years from the first time someone has mental health concerns until they get a correct diagnosis and proper treatment. We can’t wait for that.
Prevention, early identification, intervention, and integrated services work.
Intervening effectively during early stages of mental illness can save lives and change the trajectories of people living with mental illnesses.
2015 OUTCOMES INCLUDE
4,711 students & 1,227 Adults participated in mental health education programs
98% reported learning 3 or more new things
Over 150 community members attended the first ever Mental Health & Alcohol & Drug Abuse Resource Fair, a collaborative cross agency effort MHA staff helped to lead
98% reported learning of a new resource
98% planned to follow up
998 free consultations and referrals were provided to individuals in need
96% reported the service helpful
576 mental health champions present at There is Hope suicide awareness & prevention event
94% report benefit from attending
5,327 visits to Open Door, peer support recovery center, averaging 37/day, open 149 days
88% feel less alone in dealing with mental illness
90% report learning about a new resource
71% feel Open Door is a part of their recovery
MHA is a local, 501(c)3, nonprofit charitable organization that works to improve the mental health of our kids, families, and adults in the community.
WITH YOUR SUPPORT, WHAT WE DO:
PREVENTION & EDUCATION
๏ Mental health education & suicide prevention programs in the schools serving children and teens
๏ Mindful-based skills social emotional curriculum training serving children and teachers in local classrooms
๏ Suicide prevention trainings and other mental health & illness education programs for adults
๏ Resource Library with print information, books, and audiovisuals on mental illness and health topics
๏ WISE (Wisconsin’s Initiative for Stigma Elimination) workshops and training for community and health care systems to reduce stigma
ACCESS TO CARE
๏ Confidential referrals and consultations to mental health professionals & resources
๏ Mental Health Screenings
๏ Directory of Community Resources Catalogue & Quick Reference Resource Card
๏ Substance Use Treatment & Recovery Options Step by Step Guide
๏ Emergency financial assistance for psychotropic medication costs for income eligible individuals & families
RECOVERY & SUPPORT
๏ Open Door, peer support recovery drop in center for adults with mental illness
๏ Compassionate Parents Support Group for bereaved and grieving parents
๏ Suicide Loss Support Group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide
๏ Health & Hope Support Group for adults with depression
We hope we can count on you for financial support this year. There is so much to address and we need your help. You make a difference in so many lives.
Thank you for your consideration. We are so grateful.
P.S. We are only the little agency that does BIG things because of generous support from folks like you!
Check out the fun video below UW-Sheboygan students surprised MHA with (c. 2012)...