Mental Health Task Force

One voice multiplied!

Approximately 50 dedicated, passionate, hard working souls continue to advocate for and speak on behalf of those struggling with a mental health diagnosis. Many in our task force have also taken on missions and employment outside of meetings to improve services and conditions for those we speak. We’ve grown in ways only each of our individual hearts can quantify. In many ways, this year, our efforts were “behind the scenes”. We gathered information, researched gaps, held numerous interviews, invited speakers and basically became aware of a much bigger mental health picture!

We’ve endured growing pains in knowing we can’t change all we’d like, but we like all that we can change! And, that keeps us advocating!

Our Mental Health Task Force is evolving! We have two sub-groups:

Treatment committee is led by Mary Kelly
 Stories from consumers and law enforcement caused us to question the minimal use of 3 party petitions in Brown County. Mary Kelly along with her committee researched the meaning and use of 3 party petitions and met with Corporation Counsel of Brown County to further understand the process.

Education committee is led by Antonia Nelson
Youth mental health training continued into 2017. Antonia informed us of Resiliency training and how important it is to be able to “help ourselves”.

Our task force continues to attend public meetings and talk with law makers to improve our systematic approach. We’ve continued to follow the mental health funding that was added to the 2016 budget, looking for improvement in filling the gaps. We’ve supported and continue to advocate for more Recovery Coaches and Peer Mental Health Specialists. We push for all law enforcement to get Crisis Intervention Training and school districts to train their staff.

We continue to invite speakers and host events:
-Rise Together, raising awareness around youth addiction & mental health issues, empowering youth to stand up and speak out on issues they care about; bullying, suicide, self-harm, drugs and alcohol.
-Antonia Nelson, Community Resiliency Model, wellness skills to help adults and children learn to track their own nervous systems to bring the body, mind and spirit back into greater balance and to pass the skills along.
-We held a Mental Health Public Forum for the Solitary Confinement Cell, with presenters who had lived experiences, speaking of unthinkable torture.
-Leanne Baeten, Program Director of St. John’s Homeless Shelter, the daily needs, challenges and growth that St. John’s has experienced recently.
-Our Mental Health Task force hosted an “Issues Night” to invite the community to engage in conversation about the gaps and needs of our community.

As we continue to be a voice for those with a mental health challenge or blessing, we’ve seen much growth in our community regarding willingness to listen, change and “step out of the box” to make a difference!   We want to thank those who are seeing the needs and making the changes!   We’ve only just begun!

 

We remain up for the challenge… will you join us? Are you up for the challenge? Join us the first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm at West Side Moravian Church. You can contact us for more information at: joshua4justice@gmail.com

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    Save the Date!

    Save the Date!

    We are very excited to announce that our 14th Annual JOSHUA Banquet will be on Friday, November 2nd at the Tundra Lodge Resort & Conference Center! Please make sure you add this to you calendar, and stay tuned for more details!

    Every year we have a team come together to plan the annual JOSHUA banquet; but this year we're going to do things a bit differently. We are going to form smaller committees to really focus on one aspect of the banquet to make the whole banquet stronger than ever before. I ask you think about if there is one or two areas that you can really bring your strengths. By dividing up the work; it will make the work easier for everyone, as well as require less meetings for all! Please take a minute to consider where your talents can be used to help strengthen JOSHUA and the 2018 14th Annual JOSHUA Banquet. Click here to fill out the form.

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    Internship Opportunity

    Are you or someone you know looking for an internship?

    Internship Opportunities: Summer and Fall 2018

    JOSHUA seeks interns for course credit for Summer and Fall of 2018

    About JOSHUA (Justice Organization Sharing Hope United for Action):
    JOSHUA is an interfaith social-justice systemic change organization. We are grassroots and non-profit (501c3), focusing our work in the Brown County and surrounding areas of Wisconsin. JOSHUA is a coalition of faith communities in Brown County dedicated to building and deepening relationships within and among faith communities. It empowers and equips people to work together on issues of justice and community building. JOSHUA builds relationships in the public and private sector in order to advance issues, which represent our common faith values. We seek to identify and take action on root causes of poverty, oppression and injustice. For more information about JOSHUA go to: www.joshua4justice.org

    Internship Responsibilities:
    Interns will learn more about the operations of nonprofit organizations and will work closely with experienced professional staff. Intern(s) will gain skills in organizing, fundraising, public policy, and advocacy.

    Reporting to the Community Organizer, the Program Intern(s) will work to pass and defend top issues by: 1) engaging citizens on mental health, prison reform, and environmental justice issue campaigns, 2) generating and tracking media coverage; 3) recruiting a new generation of members to our social networking sites; 4) encouraging on-line supporters to take action and volunteer 5) updating media contacts; and 6) assisting with issue research.

    Skills Required:

    • Organized with strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Ability to conduct research on-line or through traditional media.
    • Database management experience and event planning skills a plus.
    • Independently motivated and enjoy working with people. 
Details 
    • Interns will work from the Green Bay office of JOSHUA, located at 130 St Matthew Street, Green Bay WI 54301. Interns can arrange to work remotely.
    • Interns may earn 2-4 course credits (typically, students earn 1 credit for every 3-4 hours worked per week). The position is unpaid. Internships not for class credit also available upon request.
    • Interns are responsible for finding a faculty sponsor and meeting all internship requirements of the college or university. 
To Apply 
Please send a letter of interest and resume to Rachel Westenberg at rachel.wisdomwi@gmail.com Call 920-360-3538 with any questions. 
Deadline 
Positions are Limited. Early Applications will be given preference.

    JOSHUA is looking for summer and fall interns for 2018! Check it out here: Internship Opportunities Summer and Fall 2018

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    Mental Health Awareness Month - QPR Training

    To acknowledge Mental Health Awareness month, our May monthly meeting will be a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training provided by Korina Aghmar from Brown County Health Department.

    Registration is NOT needed to attend but VERY helpful when planning materials for the training. Registration form here: http://www.joshua4justice.org/justice-committees/mental-health/qpr/

    Suicide Prevention Workshop
    Learn the warning signs of suicide and how to help someone in need.
    QPR; Questions, Persuade, Refer
    Just as people are trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to questions, persuade, and refer to help someone.

    Anyone who is interested can attend this important training on Thursday, May 3rd 2018 at 6pm at West Side Moravian Church (1707 S Oneida Street, Green Bay, WI 54304)

    Hosted by the: JOSHUA Mental Health Task Force

    More than 700 people die by suicide every year in Wisconsin. Many of those are in Brown County - learn how you can help!

    **Please note the change in time from our usual starting time.

    This event is free and open to the public.

     

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    JOSHUA Sustaining Membership

    Click here to learn more!

    We have started 2018 off with lots of action. From public forums, to board retreats, and actively working on issues of mental health, prison reform, and environmental justice we continue to build JOSHUA to be a powerful organization of change in Brown County Wisconsin.

    With all action there is always a cost. That is why from March 1st 2018- April 30th 2018 we are having a Sustaining Member Campaign. JOSHUA’s strength comes from our numbers and from our solidarity. Just imagine:  if JOSHUA had 150 members giving an average of $20 each month, JOSHUA would have an additional $36,000 every year to dedicate to the fight of doin’ justice.

    We are well aware that some of you already contribute monthly and your support is greatly appreciated. When you originally decided to become a monthly sustainer, we are sure it was based upon your financial position at that time. As you continue to assess your charitable contributions you may be interested in expanding your commitment to JOSHUA.

    In the past some members had difficulty remembering when their annual membership contribution was due. With a monthly contribution you are always up to date.

    Please consider becoming a sustaining member of JOSHUA as we continue to fight for justice in Brown County WI.

    Thank you in advance for your ongoing support,

    Jim Soletski and Amy Bozzacco
    JOSHUA Leadership Team

    Click here to learn more!

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    Last Call for Banquet Tickets!

    Last Call for Banquet Tickets!

    Good Morning Everyone!

    I hope this email finds you all well! Happy banquet week! We are so excited to see so many of you at our 13th Annual JOSHUA Banquet this Friday, November 10th. If you have not gotten your tickets yet, fear not, you can get them until the end of the business day today (Monday, November 6th).

    You still need tickets?

    1) Buy them online (https://squareup.com/store/joshua-justice-organization-sharing-hope-united-for-action/) at our online store, and scroll down to events.

    2) Stop into St Matthew Parish Center today, between 8am-4pm to purchase your tickets there.

    If you are not able to attend the JOSHUA 13th Annual Banquet, please consider making a donation. The critical work we do in our local Brown County Community depends heavily on the generosity and shared vision of our supporters. Please consider helping JOSHUA in our continued efforts to keep “doin’ justice” with a fully tax-deductible gift.

    You can donate online today by clicking here.

    Or by sending a check made out to JOSHUA to our office 130 St Matthew Street Green Bay, WI 54301.

    Hope to see you all at the banquet to celebrate another year of JOSHUA  "doin' justice"!

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