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North Shore Mental Health Group Plans Community Meeting for January 16th

According to a recent study published by Lake View Hospital and Lake County Pub­lic Health, 21.9% of adults in Lake County report having depression, and 11% of adults “wanted to talk with or seek help from a health professional about mental health con­cerns but did not go or delayed talking with someone.”

The North Shore Mental Health Group (NSMHG) is an advocacy group “committed to mental wellness through community activ­ities and events, programs, and training.” The NSMHG covers the area of northeast Lake County – Isabella, Finland, Little Marais, Sil­ver Bay, Beaver Bay, and the townships and unorganized territory in the area. They meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., usu­ally at North Shore Area Partners. The NS­MHG has been in existence for eight years, and has published multiple articles in local papers, raising awareness for mental health. They’ve also provided training in QPR, Men­tal Illness 1st Aid, and more. QPR stands for Question Persuade Refer and is an emergen­cy response to a person in crisis and can save lives.

On January 16th, the North Shore Mental Health Group will hold an event for commu­nity members to learn about the “Commu­nity-Based Mental Health Care Model”, or Clubhouse model, which takes the approach to mental health that “every person has the potential to sufficiently recover from the ef­fects of mental illnesses – to lead a person­ally satisfying life as an integrated member of society; and that every person can take an active role in the development and ongoing management of his or her own recovery.” Clubhouses also provide peer support, and a community-based mental health care model focusing on addressing an individual’s basic needs: social climate, emotional welfare, etc., and providing opportunities towards becom­ing active community members, while de­creasing dependency on hospitalization, drug therapy, and counseling.

Chad Bolstom, Director of Veil Place in Minneapolis and Ambassador to Clubhous­es in greater Minnesota will speak at the event. Bolstom and his team will present a community-based mental health care model where Clubhouse members receive access to opportunities to “rejoin the worlds of friend­ships, family, employment, and education; and to the services and support that they may individually need to continue their recovery towards mental wellness.”

The event will be held from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on January 16th at the North Shore Area Partners building in Silver Bay. Attendees may come in person or via Zoom. Those who wish to attend via Zoom should email Pastor Dean Rudloff at djrudloff74@yahoo.com  for a link to the meeting.

If you or someone you know needs help, the Mental Health Crisis line is 988. Quality education can empower all people to make a difference in their lives and the lives of those they know.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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