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Mental Health includes a person's emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how an individual thinks, feels, and acts. It also helps determine how a person handles stress, relates to others, and make choices. When a person is mentally healthy, she/he realizes their own abilities, can cope with normal stresses of life, can work productively, and contributes to their community. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Substance Abuse is the use or dependence on an addictive substance, including alcohol and drugs. Durg addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. Substance abuse is associated with social/family disruptions, financial problems, loss of productivity at work and at school, violence, and poor health outcomes. Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Statistics and Facts:
  • 34.1% of Lincoln County high school students reported feeling so sad or hopeless almost every day for two or more weeks in a row that they stopped doing some of their usual activites in the last 30 days, 2017. Source: Lincoln County Youth Risk Behavior Survey
  • 22% of adults in Lincoln County report 4 or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), 2011-2015. Source: WI Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board
  • There is only 1 mental health provider per 1,400 people in Lincoln County, 2018. Source: County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
  • The prevalence of binge drinking among adults in Lincoln County is 20%, 2012-2014. Source: Northwoods Coalition
  • There were 390 drug law arrests per 100,000 people in the popluation of Lincoln County in 2014. Source: Northwoods Coalition
  • 18% of Lincoln County high school students used marijuana one or more times during the last 30 days, 2016. Source: Lincoln County Social Norms Survey
What we know works:
  • Signs of Suicide (SOS) Program in secondary schools
  • Screening of adolescents (12 – 18 years of age) for depression in the healthcare setting
  • Gatekeeping programs, like Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR)
  • Culturally tailor messages and implement comprehensive multi-component interventions in partnerships with statewide and community-based coalitions
Goal 1: Increase preventative education and outreach that increase knowledge, strengthens families, builds life skills (coping, decision making, problem solving, conflict resolution, etc) and increase resiliency.
Suggested Objectives and Strategies:
  • Administer and distribute information from the middle and high school Social Norms Survey and Youth Risk Behavior Survey
  • Implement public awareness campaigns
  • Provide community presentations, town hall events, and summits regarding mental health, substance abuse, and other addictions
  • Provide evidence based trainings to increase skills of residents, coalition members, and professionals
  • Provide school administration and counselors with evidence based strategies and resources to support preventative education related to mental health and substance abuse
  • Explore opportunities to educate school boards on the community needs and efforts of the coalition
Goal 2: Increase outreach/programming for those identified as high risk in the community.
Suggested Objectives and Strategies:
  • Implement the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program in Merill and Tomahawk
  • Implement the Strengthening Families Program in Merrill and Tomahawk
  • Develop a guide for substance abuse and mental health resources in our area
  • Promote 211 and increase organizations that are included
Goal 3: Become a community that supports recovery.
Sugguested Objectives and Strategies:
  • Provide education on the role of recovery coaches in the community
  • Recruit community members to be trained as recovery coaches
  • Collaborate with partners to develop a system for accessing recovery coach services
  • Have representatives from various addiction and mental health groups/organizations provide information to start support group(s) in Lincoln County
  • Recruit individuals in the community to lead support groups
  • Promote support groups available in the county
  • Meet with elected officials and legislators and/or involve in local events to discuss emerging mental health and substance abuse issues and needed policy change
Goal 4: Merge the Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition and the Lincoln County Drug Free Coalition.
Suggested Objectives and Strategies:
  • Hold an organizational meeting to establish membership
  • Develop a Coalition Leadership Team to establish coalition name, mission statement, and organizational structure
  • Develop the coalition marketing and branding plan
  • Implement the coalition marketing and branding plan
Lincoln County is designing a new website that will be mobile friendly, feature rich, and easy to navigate. We're looking for high quality pictures from around the County to use as background images and were hoping you could help. The best photos will be displayed on the new website’s homepage! To submit photos, please email them to kat.hartwig@co.lincoln.wi.us and let us know what area of the County they’re from. Disclaimer: By submitting a picture, you warrant that your submission is not copyrighted and consent to its use by Lincoln County.
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