mental health

 re:TH!NK and the Winnebago County Health Department work to bring together community partners to increase access to all dimensions of mental wellness that are needed for residents to live a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few of the initiatives we are a part of:

N.E.W. Mental Health Connection

new mental health lg 1The Winnebago County Health Department and re:TH!NK's Mental Health/Substance Abuse Prevention Team work in collaboration with the N.E.W. (Northeast Wisconsin) Mental Health Connection and share the common vision of removing the stigma of mental health and improving access to care. The N.E.W. Mental Health Connection was formed in 2012 as a backbone membership organization for mental health collective impact work. Members include service providers, academic institutions, municipalities, faith-based agencies, community resource agencies, hospital systems, law enforcement, consumers and families. The core functions of NEWMHC are to enable communication and collaboration, create and reinforce a vision for the community, understand the needs and current state, build capacity, and bring best practices to the tri-county area.

 N.E.W. Mental Health Connection's current initiatives include:

  • No Wrong Door: "People seeking mental health services & treatment will find the right service, at the right time, in the right place"

  • Suicide Prevention

  • Strenthening 24/7 crisis response: United Way 211 poster distribution (to request one for your local agency, or community establishment , please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., supplies are limited!)

  • Support school-based mental health efforts

  • Educate/equip primary care providers to feel more confident diagnosing and treating mental health conditions 

For more information about the N.E.W. Mental Health Connection, visit their website at New Mental Health Connection.

Check out our TV show episode featuring the N.E.W. Mental Health Connection!

Zero Suicide

Several months ago, the N.E.W. Mental Health Connection began a collaborative Zero Suicide Initiative to develop strategies for significantly lowering the incidence of suicide in the Fox Valley/tri-county region. The Zero Suicide approach aims to improve care and outcomes for individuals at risk of suicide. Serveral local provider agencies have already adopted many protocols within their organizations that support Zero Suicide principles. re:TH!NK and the Winnebago County Health Department are excited to be a part of this initiative and support the continued collaboration of organizations working toward zero suicides in our communities. Meetings are listed on the re:TH!NK calendar; please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Winnebago County Health Department for more information to attend. For more information about Zero Suicide, visit

Connected Community Wellness Screen

wellnessscreenlogoProvided by Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley, the Connected Community Wellness Screen program provides emotional wellness check-ups and suicide risk screenings for teens right at school. The program is a free, voluntary, and confidential resource for students who want to have a mental health "check-in" and ensures mental well-being for students. The goal of Wellness Screen is to make voluntary emotional wellness screening available to all adolescents who wish to participate. The program is currently offered at ten high schools in the Fox Valley area, including Oshkosh West, Oshkosh North and Omro high schools. For more information about Connected Community Wellness Screen, please visit


 Check out our TV show episodes featuring the Wellness Screen program!



Check out re:TH!NK's TV show episode on CATV 2 about our other mental health initiatives!

Episode #28 Part 3: Improving Mental Health in the Fox Valley

Episode #20 Part 1: re:TH!NK's Healthy Lifestyles Committee's 2014 Successes

Episode #20 Part 3: Other Initiatives and Community for Hope

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re:TH!NK is the community coalition of the Winnebago County Health Department. re:TH!NK would not
exist without support from our local partner agencies, organizations and community members.