NATIONAL PREVENTION WEEK 2019

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.

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Wabeno Area Players to offer Written Off screening

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.

Recovery Coaching

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

Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Class

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 Recognizes November 30 as Meth Awareness Day

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
  • Learn about the risks and get the facts about meth
  • Monitor the use of pseudoephedrine (cold medicine) in your home
  • Refuse to purchase pseudoephedrine for another person
  • Report suspicious activity to law enforcement’s drug tipline: 1-800-622-3784
  • If you come across suspected meth lab waste, immediately contact your local law enforcement agency

Review KNOW METH resources and get involved in The Community Coalition of Forest County.   Visit knowmethwi.org to learn more.