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Mental health is a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of lift and can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community- Source World Health Association. Mental Health affects how people cope with everyday demands of life. It is not discriminatory and can affect anyone regardless of their age, race, religion, or income.

Statistics and Facts:
  • 33% of Lincoln County adults reported feeling down, depressed, or hopeless, 2011.
  • 82% report they get resources and support from family or friends, 67% self-help and 37% a faith-based organization, 2011.
  • 35% reported the biggest barrier for them and their family in getting services for mental health is costs and 8% said lack of providers; 8% stated lack of time, 2011.
  • 30% reported being prescribed medication to improve mental health and 87% take their medication on a regular basis, 2011.
  • The suicide rate in Lincoln County for all years was higher than the state rate for all years (16.0 versus 11.8).
  • The greatest number of suicides occurred in individuals aged 45-54, while the greatest number of hospitalizations and emergency department visits occurred in younger individuals, aged 15-24. This finding is the same at the state level.
  • Firearms were the most frequently used method in Lincoln County suicides (52%) followed by hanging, strangulation, or suffocation (21%) and poisoning (17%). Sources: Burden of Suicide 2010, Lincoln County Community Health Survey, 2012, Healthiest Wisconsin 2020, Mental Health Focus Area, Wisconsin Division of Public Health, 2010
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: By 2017, people in Lincoln County will increase their awareness and education of mental health disorders.
Suggested Outcomes and Strategies:
  • Form a Mental Health Council.
  • Host a Mental Health Summit for community partners and the public (elderly, moms, families, men, ethnic minorities).Promote awareness and education of mental health with current events.
  • Provide research based community education on mental health issues to increase knowledge among community partners and the public on how social connectedness and community engagement across a lifespan increases one’s mental health. Include youth and those with a mental health disorder and or addiction.
  • Develop an evaluation tool to measure increase in the public’s awareness, education and support of mental health disorders and addictions.
Goal 2: By 2017, people in Lincoln County will increase their access to Mental Health Services.
Suggested Outcomes and Strategies:
  • Assess at least 15 community agencies, organizations, worksites, providers, faith-based organizations, schools and or worksites on what mental health and addiction resources, education and referral that is provided to the public (including curriculum, and trainings such as Question, Persuade and Refer).
  • Identifying what are the barriers on education and support of mental health disorders and addictions (focus groups).
  • Promote additional resources on mental health and addiction on 2-1-1.
  • Develop and promote community tools to increase resources that are available to community partners and the public.
  • Develop a template referral protocol for partners.
  • Develop an evaluation tool to measure effectiveness.


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