Focus on Mental Health

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Lets Talk About It

Contributor: Amanda Matthews,  Executive Director at N.E.W. Mental Health Connection

Did you know that the LIFE Study revealed that access to mental health services is one of the leading issues in the Fox Cities? 40% of Fox Cities' residents experienced stress or depression within the last 30 days and 15% reported being unable to obtain the mental health services that they needed. Mental health is as important as physical health, but many times the issues surrounding mental health are ignored. The good news is, our community has decided to do something about it:

When Kaukauna Area School District Superintendent Mark Duewaechter approached the N.E.W. Mental Health Connection and asked if anyone would be interested in a community conversation to bring awareness to mental health, instantly several organizations signed up to be on the planning committee, including United Way Fox Cities. As a result, "Let's Talk About It" is coming to the Fox Valley! "Let's Talk About It" is an event that focuses on the importance of mental health in our lives. The event consists of a resource fair, a nationally renowned keynote speaker, both adult and youth panel discussions and FREE food! The event is free and open-to-the-public. It will take place at River View School in Kaukauna on April 30th with the resource fair beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by the keynote speaker at 6:30 p.m.

Amanda Matthews, Executive Director at N.E.W. Mental Health Connection says, "Events like this are so important to raise awareness and understanding of mental health and break down the stigma. Mental health affects us all and we all are a part of making this a mentally healthy community." Learn more about the event