The Northeast Wisconsin Mental Health Connection has been awarded a one million dollar grant to improve the mental health of youth in the tri-county area that includes Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet Counties. A local Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows that there has been a significant increase in depression among our young people that often goes undetected and may lead to serious consequences. In order to address that, the N.E.W. Connection has initiated a ‘Healthy Teen Mind’ project that focuses on prevention, promoting resilience and coping skills among youth, and intervention for those teens who are already suffering from depression. Six local high schools will be adopting “Sources of Strength,” an evidence-based suicide prevention and wellness program that builds resilience in teens by fostering positive peer relationshps and connections to trusted adults.
Speakers at the League of Women Voters lunch to be held on Wednesday, December 13 will be Wendy Magas, Healthy Teen Minds Project Coodinator and Rachel Podowski, Project Evaluator. They will share with us how the project is being implemented, who the community partners are and the plan to implement the Sources of Strength program in all area public school districts in the next couple of years. There are also plans to include adopting social-emotional learning and support in elementary and middle schools.
Please join us on Dec. 13 for this timely and informative program. The public is welcome and no advance registration is necessary. The lunch is held at Primo Restaurant, 2605 Jackson St., Oshkosh. If you plan to have lunch please arrive by 11:50 a.m. so that you may place your order from the menu before the program begins shortly after noon. Audience questions and discussion are encouraged.
Contact Ann Marshall at 920-231-8002 for more information about the luncheon and/or to learn more about the League of Women Voters of Winnebago County.