The Community Coalition of Forest County would like to invite you to celebrate National Prevention Week (May 12th-19th) with a parade hosted on Crandon Main Street at noon on Saturday, May 18th. Directly following the parade will be a cook-out at the Crandon Community Building featuring music, speakers, and children’s games.
National Prevention Week is brought to us by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), who sponsors a national campaign that takes place annually. This year’s theme is “Inspiring Action Changing Lives”. This event will raise awareness of the types of services available for Alcohol and Other Drugs (AODA) and educate community members of the ongoing efforts that are taking place to prevent substance abuse and mental health illness.
This a community wide endeavor, involving all three school districts. The schools are invited to participate in the parade, along with their pep bands. Also in attendance will be representatives of both the Potawatomi and Sokaogon Chippewa tribes. We are encouraging business owners, to participate not only to show support for a substance-free lifestyle but also to advertise their businesses as promotors of a better Forest County. A healthy community is very attractive to area visitors and encourages our youth to stay in the area or return here after they graduate from college.
Please join the Wabeno Area Players on Thursday, April 4th, 2019 for a community screening of the documentary “Written Off”. The event will be held at the Nancy Volk Auditorium in the Wabeno Area High School. The Forest County Healthy Department will also offer a Mock Teen Bedroom display beginning at 5:30 p.m. for those 18 and older. A discussion panel will be available after the screening. The documentary is free and open to the entire community.
The film tells a gripping tale and challenges stigma. In 2016 more Americans died from overdoses than in the entire Vietnam War conflict. And yet those new casualties are rarely considered victims of disease.
The film chronicles the life of Matthew Edwards, a Crandon High School graduate, whose addiction to opioids began at age 15, after being prescribed pain medicine for minor surgery. His grippingly honest writing reveals the secrets he tried so hard to conceal throughout a decade long struggle to escape addiction. Matthew’s mother, Jane Funk, currently a teacher at Crandon High School, published the book What I Couldn’t Tell you: one Man’s Struggle with Opioid Addiction in June of 2017 and worked with filmmakers Molly Hermann and Rob Lyall on the “Written Off” documentary.
Registration for the Youth Mental Health First Aid class that is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12th is now closed. We are excited to announce that all 30 seats have been accounted for with representatives from four school districts, two tribes and a handful of concerned citizens. Great job Forest County!
The Community Coalition of Forest County was able to secure a recovery coach through Marshfield Clinic Health System/AmeriCorps. Recovery coaching is available for anyone with a substance use disorder or any individual affected by substance abuse, including families, children and friends. If you or someone you know could use extra support, please call Mary Thornton at 715-660-6805
Recently members of the Community Coalition of Forest County
discussed ways to approach the underlying issues related to addiction in our
county. The mental health well-being of
our youth is one of our greatest concerns and recent actions by various
organizations in the county prove that we all are willing to invest time and
energy into improving the health and well-being of our residents.
However, sometimes it is not easy to know when and how to
help a youth experiencing a mental health or substance abuse problem. That’s why the Community Coalition is
sponsoring a one-day free evidence-based training titled “Youth Mental Health
First Aid” for school personnel, faith leaders, coaches, and other caring
community members who have regular contact with young people ages 12-18.
Youth Mental Health First Aid participants will gain
knowledge of common mental health challenges for youth and learn strategies to
help youth in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
The session will be offered on Tuesday, February 12th
from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Forest County courthouse board room. Instructors are Sara Foster and Stephanie
Feldner of CESA 8.
The training is free and open to individuals who live or
work in Forest county. Space is limited
to 30 participants. Lunch is provided by
the Community Coalition of Forest County.
Online registration is available here or by contacting UW-Extension educator Michelle Gobert at 715-478-7797.
The Community Coalition of Forest County joins organizations across the state to recognize November 30 as Methamphetamine Awareness Day.
Marshfield Clinic Health System, Northwoods Coalition, and Alliance for Wisconsin Youth in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services encourage organizations and individuals to take action on KNOW METH AWARENESS DAY. This day is an opportunity for everyone in Wisconsin to learn more about the dangers of methamphetamine use and addiction, and what actions can be taken to prevent it.
Meth is becoming more prevalent in Wisconsin and KNOW METH AWARENESS DAY allows the community to work together to help fight this growing epidemic. From 2011 to 2016, meth availability in Wisconsin increased 250% according to the 2016 Wisconsin Methamphetamine Study.
“Our goal is to encourage people to talk to their children and family members about the risks and dangers of meth use and to get involved by supporting The Community Coalition of Forest County in taking action to prevent meth use,” stated Jacee Anderson, Coalition Chairperson.
Community members are encouraged to participate in KNOW METH AWARENESS DAY
Talk to your children, friends, and family members about the risks and dangers of meth use
The Laona School District invites the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon week during the week of October 22nd.
Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community, and encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.
For more information about Laona School District’s Red Ribbon Week activities, please contact Jason Bertrand at firstname.lastname@example.org
This October the Leadership Council at Crandon Middle School is promoting a community-wide Red Ribbon walk and Community Café.The goal of the council is to have students, families and community members join forces to promote the importance of being a drug free community.
Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign that runs from October 23-31. The walk will begin at 5pm on Wednesday, October 24th and will start at the Courthouse Square, downtown Crandon. We will walk together as a community that stands against drugs from the courthouse to the school using the walking trail.
Along the route, participants will have an opportunity to view positive messages on being drug free which will be posted at local businesses and spots along the trail. Once at the school, a light snack will be served and Mike McGowan, a nationally known trainer, consultant and motivational speaker, will guide a Community Café. The purpose of the café is to give the community stakeholders an informal and safe place to discuss concerns surrounding teen drug use. The stakeholders include family members, community members, business owners and the various community agencies.
5:00-6:00 PM Red Ribbon Community Walk (Courthouse to School)
Gain facts on the importance of being drug free
Light snack at the school (Cafeteria)
6:00 PMMike McGowan – Community Café (HS Gym)
Learn about our local data on teen drug use
Learn about ways teens are gaining access to drugs
Please consider joining us in promoting positive and healthy habits for our youth. The entire community is encouraged to wear red on October 24th to show support for Red Ribbon Week. If you have any questions, contact Tina Taylor at 715-478-6166 or email@example.com.
The Community Coalition of Forest County is partnering with the Human Service Center of Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties to offer Forest County residents numerous opportunities to view a free screening of the documentary “Written Off”. The next Forest County screening date is Wednesday, October 3rd at the Crandon High School.
“Written Off” chronicles the life of Matthew Edwards, a Crandon High School graduate, whose addiction to opioids began at age 15, after being prescribed pain medicine for a minor surgery. His grippingly honest writing reveals the secrets he tried so hard to conceal throughout a decade long struggle to escape addiction. Matthew’s mother, Jane Funk, currently a teacher at Crandon High School, published the book “What I Couldn’t Tell you: One Man’s Struggle with Opioid Addiction” in June of 2017 and worked with filmmakers Molly Hermann and Rob Lyall on the “Written Off” documentary.
In addition to the film, parents, grandparents and caregivers are encouraged to tour Forest County Health Department’s “Hidden in Plain Sight” mock teen bedroom, which will be set up at the school. The interactive room is a simultaneously amusing and horrifying scavenger hunt, which helps adults spot the signs of substance abuse or addiction that may be hiding in a teen bedroom. This will be set up to view at 5:30 pm and “Written Off” will begin at 6:00 pm. A discussion panel of local law enforcement, Matthew’s mother, Jane, and local recovery coaches will follow the documentary. Admission is free and no registration is required.
For more information about the documentary film and/or the Mock Teen bedroom, please contact the Forest County Health Department at 715-478-3371.