Mental Health Matters: Multiple mental health programs available as 2021 comes to a close

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) – We are now in the final phase of 2021 and mental health services are being made available to anyone who needs them.

Family Services Green Bay has a site specifically designed for children and families looking for treatment. “We serve children ages 7-18,” said Andrea Peltier, program manager at Family Services. Peltier says they offer an intensive program. “They come here for intensive group therapy, along with individual and family counseling,” Peltier added.

They say that the reasons children and families seek help can range from personal issues to situational conflicts outside the home. “Children come here because they have problems with homeschooling or the community, and they are usually referred by schools or other mental health facilities,” Peltier explained. For more information about Family Services, visit familyservicesnew.org.

UW-Oshkosh recently announced a new partnership with ProtoCall, an after-hours mental health emergency service, to expand the counseling center’s ability to assess and provide immediate action in a crisis situation.

“We are really excited here at UW-Oshkosh with this collaborative partnership,” said Tim Arnold, Assistant Director of the Campus Extension Center.

Arnold says ProtoCall will fill the gap in services, in off-peak hours. “ProtoCall has specialists who will help assess the level of the crisis. The nice thing is that it adds this extra level of support for our students,” Arnold explained. Phone number to call: (920) 424-2061 and select option 2 to contact the emergency service after business hours. If there is an immediate emergency, they urge people to do so Call 9-1-1.

Network Health is a Wisconsin-based insurance company. They say they have seen an increase in the number of people seeking help. “We’re finding more and more people, with the state of the world, having an increasing need for help,” said Katie Myers, a supervisor in the Department of Care for Network Health.

There is a renewed push to erase the stigma surrounding mental health, Myers says. “Don’t be afraid to call your family members another resource,” Myers said.

With so many people on social media, there are apps and resources available at your fingertips. There is a special group run by Network Health that you can check out here. “It’s a place where you can establish a connection,” Myers added.

Suicide prevention information in Wisconsin can be found through this link. Remember, there is no shame in asking for help.

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