PORTAGE COUNTY, Wis. (WAOW) -- United Way of Portage County has joined forces with several community partners to create a bridge between Portage County residents and vital resources in the area to enhance mental wellness.
Partners in the collective effort include: Aspirus, Ascension, Marshfield Clinic, Portage County Health and Human Services (Division of Public Health), Delta Dental of Wisconsin, Portage County Sheriff’s department, and CAP Services Mental Health Navigation.
Peace of Mind Portage County is the initiative and the website, www.peaceofmindportagecounty.org, is intended to be a one-stop shop of information related to mental health needs.
The website pulls all of the mental health resources together in the Portage County area including agencies, programs, and or facilities.
“It includes a service directory," said Lisa Falduto, United Way of Portage County Community Initiatives Project Manager. "A library of information. You can go there and take free and confidential screenings for youth and adults. It has some links to warmlines and hotlines.”
Falduto mentioned that this particular project was already in the works pre-pandemic as a large mental health crisis was recognized beforehand.
However, according to Falduto and Stevens Point Ascension Healthcare Director of Operations Josh Trzebiatowski, isolation as a result of the pandemic as well as less personal human interaction has increased the need for these services now more than ever.
"We should check in with our neighbors, our friends, our family, co-workers and just ask how are you doing?" Trzebiatowski said. "And use this website to additionally share resources they can use to get the help that they need."
Trzebiatowski said whether it's taking care of ourselves or lending a hand to others, it's ok to get the support and help you need.
Falduto said she hopes it reduces the stigma for people who may be afraid or worried to reach out for help while making access a bit easier.