Mental Health

Purpose: To encourage and equip citizens to achieving and maintaining mental wellness.  

1. Increase efficiency and effectiveness of services through system and policy changes

2. Increase the practice of intentional choices to reduce stress and anxiety & improve resilience

3. Educate to increase the community knowledge on mental wellness so individuals feel supported, engaged and are able to access services and supports more effectively

Initiatives include: (see more information on each below) 

a) Investing in child resiliency (ACES & Trauma Sensitive Training) in Lake Park/Audubon Schools, Frazee Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, Mahube/OTWA early childhood and headstart and community.  

b) Community Education on opiates and drug use in our community

c) Supporting efforts such as “Stomp the Stigma” & local Scott Geiselhart in the effort to raise awareness about mental health

d) Provider and community education on various mental health topics and tools

e) Improving awareness through a Photostory exhibit, “If you could see through my eyes…”  

f) Program improvement and collaboration on utilization of the mobile mental health crisis team with health services to improve access to services and provide more patient centered care

g) Implementation of Direct Secure Messaging to improve care coordination between multi-agencies across the community – improving patient care, data sharing and collaborative care planning

h) Promoting an “attitude of gratitude” across the community at events to improve mental well-being


Investing in child resiliency (ACES & Trauma Sensitive Training)

Adverse Childhood Experiences have the most impact on a person’s lifelong health and opportunity, and is noted as the number one public health opportunity by many leading professionals.   As such, a priority in the community is to engage those that work with you in the community on ACES, and approaches to working with children.

Trauma Sensitive Training, including Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Training & Trauma Sensitive approaches to care have been offered this past summer through Becker County Energize to schools across Becker County, the Boys and Girls Club of DL, and head start programs. We’ve trained more than 200 youth educators, para’s, child protection workers and foster parents in strategies that transform the culture of their work and organization.

The workshop covers:

  • What is trauma and the different types- gaining the trauma lens
  • Neurobiology and ACES- effect of Trauma on the brain and body health
  • Strategies for working with children with trauma
  • Secondary Traumatic Stress and self- care strategies for those working with  traumatized children and their stories.

Want to know more about ACES?

Awareness & Education on Mental Health and Drug Use

  1. Community Education on Opiates: More than 130 people attended a symposium that brought together our community resources and organizations to address the topic of drug use.   The symposium covered:
    • 101 on types of drugs, psychological and physiological impact
    • Law Enforcement perspective: what are we seeing, why does it matter, and what is being done to protect and serve the community
    • Community Resources & Connections
  1. “Stomp the Stigma”- Partnership to promote awareness of mental health and support fundraising to reinvest in awareness of mental health.   More than 100 attendees were inspired and awed in 2017 by listening to local stories of how mental health affects all people including law enforcement and fire fighters.   Money raised was donated back to Becker County Energize to support the Trauma Sensitive Training in schools across Becker County.
  1. Mental Health Trainings- various trainings have been held to target providers and staff in the health field and for the community at large. Partnerships with Stellher Human Services, Prairie St. Johns and Essentia Health provide free CEU’s on various topics related to mental health.   Mental Health First Aid provided by Wellness in the Woods provides the community at large education on mental health & mental illness. More planning is set for 2018 on hosting a dual diagnosis conference.   Interested in being a part of the planning?   Contact
  1. Photostory “If You Could See Through My Eyes…” – 26 large photos with titles/stories were submitted by community members to demonstrate how they think or feel about mental health.   The traveling exhibit has been on display at four events across the community to raise awareness.
  1. ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE TREE POSTER – Having an attitude of gratitude and focusing on the positive things in life can help to build your resiliency for when the going gets tuff. To reserve a Gratitude tree and leaves for your business or organization to use for a month and strengthen resiliency please contact
  1. How to practice random acts of kindness

Access to Services

  1. Becker County and White Earth Mental Health Crisis Team: a confidential and non-judgemental 24/7 crisis line where you can call, or they can come to you.   For anyone who needs a listening ear, information, referral resources or crisis intervention.   The group works on expanding access and services to meet the needs of the people in our community.   Collaboration across the community, innovative practice, developing services that are impactful and replicable led to a $10,000 award in 2016 as the BCE Mental Health group was noted as a “Program of Excellence” by the Hospital Charitable Service Awards. That funding was reinvested in the Direct Secure Messaging project to improve care collaboration and communication to better serve people in our community.
  2. Direct Secure Messaging: Frustrated that you have to tell the same story to your health provider and five other people (schools, county, other providers) as they can’t exchange information quickly, or don’t know who is involved in your care?   Organizations across the community are investing in Direct Secure Messaging, a way to exchange information electronically that is more secure and efficient than fax, and allows us to help improve your care team communication as you need it. Contact Karen for more information.

National Speaker from Frazee

Local Scott Geiselhart shares his story of surviving a suicide attempt.   PTSD and drug use had taken over his life, and with help he was able to address his PTSD and quit using drugs.   Today, he speaks accross the nation sharing his message and helping those around him, specifically fire fighters, to get help.