Suicide, Depression and Mental Illness subject of Latest Eye on Oshkosh


On the latest edition of Eye on Oshkosh, host Cheryl Hentz visits with Jan Butterbrodt, a therapist and life coach with Beacon of Hope about the increasing rate of depression and suicide in this country, and more specifically in Wisconsin. Butterbrodt shares her insights about suicide, depression and mental health or mental illness overall and what kinds of things we all can do to help improve the statistics. That includes how to help a friend or loved one who may be depressed or contemplating suicide.

They also talk about a new 3-digit number the federal government is developing and hopefully unveiling later this year that makes it easier to remember how to reach a suicide prevention hotline and reduces or eliminates the stigma or embarrassment for people calling a number for help. No one gets embarrassed calling 911 for emergencies, or 211 or 411 for community resources, etc., and, likewise, people shouldn’t be ashamed or afraid to call a 3-digit number for suicide prevention.

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About Author

Cheryl Hentz

Cheryl Hentz is a Wisconsin-based freelance writer with 30 years experience. Her articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines - both in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the country - and cover a wide range of topics, including business and economic development, women's and minority issues, family pets and animal rights, finance, education, government and politics. Cheryl also does corporate writing for public and private sector businesses, and personal writing for individuals. She has been producing and hosting the award-winning Eye on Oshkosh talk-show since 2002. The show covers a wide range of people and topics which affect or are of interest to people in the Oshkosh and surrounding area, as well as to viewers on You Tube (visit the Eye on Oshkosh channel). She can be reached at 920.426.4123 or 920.209.7387, or via email at More information and other samples of her written work can be found at

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