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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
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