Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
Mental health problems are common yet people with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely. If you or someone you know has a mental health problem, there are ways to get help. (Source: www.mentalhealth.gov/basics)
- Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
- Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
Get Help Now:
ü La Crosse County Human Services Department/Mental Health Crisis Services Assistance provided 24 hours – 7 days per week. Call 608-784-HELP (4357). Readily accessible mental health crisis services to meet individual needs in the least restrictive settings possible. www.co.la-crosse.wi.us/HumanServices/mental.asp
ü Great Rivers 2-1-1 (formerly First Call for Help) Free, confidential community information, referrals and crisis line services 24 hours a day. Phone 2-1-1 or 800-362-8255 www.greatrivers211.org
ü The Mental Health Coalition of the Greater La Crosse Area A community coalition composed of advocates for mental health and providers of mental health services. In Crisis? Call 800-362-8255 www.mentalhealthlacrosse.org/resources
ü Help for Veterans and Their Families Military OneSource is a free service provided by the Department of Defense to service members and their families to help with a broad range of concerns, including possible mental health problems. Call and talk anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 800-342-9647.
ü Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Services are available to our staff through the district’s life insurance plan, EPIC, a subsidiary of WPS Health Insurance. Call 866-538-9514 (counselors are available 24-hours/day, 365 days per year; privacy guaranteed). www.guidanceresources.com
“Helping you manage your life” Life presents opportunities and challenges. EPIC’s EAP, helps you and your family cope with life, from every day to the unexpected. Whether managing everyday issues such as job pressures, relationships, retirement planning, child care, addiction, legal issues or faced with grief, loss, or the impact of a disability, our EAP is your resources for professional support. You and your family, including your spouse and dependents, have access to this program as long as you, the employee, are enrolled in EPIC’s Long-term Disability Plan.