Diversity Affairs Commission May Educational Event

You’re Invited!

Please join the Winnebago County Diversity Affairs Commission (DAC)  on Thursday May 5 from 3:00-4:30pm. Heather Quackenboss, Extension La Crosse County will be facilitating a discussion session for our group. Open to anyone to join the discussion or listen.
Join us for Mental Illness 101!
We, as human beings, are all living on the spectrum between mental wellness and mental illness. In addition to our biology, there are life circumstances that move us in one direction or the other every day: risk factors like chronic stress, caregiver burden, and housing instability and protective factors like friendship, eight hours of sleep, and job satisfaction.
One in four adults and one in five youth will experience mental illness in their lifetime, and although it’s common, this disparity group suffers from chronic exclusion and regular discrimination. Contrary to the falsehoods of stigma, mental health treatment works and recovery is not just possible, but likely. Let’s talk about it and learn ways to overcome the stigma that leads to the fear and misunderstanding of mental illness. We look forward to sharing with you some simple things we can do to include, and make a positive difference in the lives of those living with a mental illness.
Speakers: Beth Clay, Executive Director and
Sarah Bassing-Sutton, Community Suicide Prevention

Printable Flyer available here.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://bit.ly/3tEZvQXOr Dial in by Phone: 312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 955 5777 0820

Passcode: 510226

No Registration Required

BIO: Beth Clay has been a “change maker” in the field of mental health in the Fox Valley for 20 years. After receiving her graduate degree in Counseling from Marquette University, she has been engaged at the grassroots level, and the policy-makers tables, innovating, taking risks, and improving the mental health system of care. Beth has been a servant-leader for a variety of collective impact coalitions and was awarded the “2015 Fox Cities Woman Leader of the Year”. Beth currently leads the N.E.W. Mental Health Connection, where she provides “backbone” support for systems change projects that move the needle on our community’s mental health.

BIO: Sarah Bassing-Sutton is the Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator with the Northeast Wisconsin Mental Health Connection serving Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties. Her position is grant funded through the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment to create system change in adult suicide prevention. Sarah has been involved in Suicide Prevention efforts across the lifespan since 2012 and has led the implementation of numerous community wide initiatives and programs. Sarah earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UW-Oshkosh and specializes in the cultivation of strong collaborative relationships and outside of the box thinking bringing ideas into reality.

Winnebago County Diversity Affairs Commission

Established 12/2020 by the Winnebago County Board of Supervisors

Our Mission: “Winnebago County’s Diversity Affairs Commission embraces diversity, inclusion, and belonging by bringing the community together to listen to one another, learn together, and encourage our community to act in ways that help people thrive. We support justice, equity and compassion in human relations. We affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person.”

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