June 9, 2021
CSI on KFIZ
Mental Health Services FAQs
In 2021, CSI’s Mental Health Access committee teamed up with a number of different local mental health providers for a series of “Mental Health Services FAQs” interviews. These interviews aimed to inform the public about what mental health services are available locally and break down some of the barriers to seeking help. The providers shared information about the services offered at their agency and also covered some of the common questions about counseling and behavioral health care.
June 23rd, 2021: Greg Henderson, a psychotherapist at Aurora Healthcare in Fond du Lac, spoke with Spencer Wagen about Aurora’s focus on “living well” and the new app, the variety of education groups available, and other information about the personalized services offered through Aurora Healthcare. They also covered the importance of having options available for accessing services, how to initiate behavioral health services, and reviewing and determining which provider to see. YScreen and efforts to educate the public about the need for suicide prevention were also discussed.
June 9th, 2021: Danielle Falesnik, a new therapist at Doll & Associates in Fond du Lac, spoke with Spencer Wagen about the variety of services offered at Doll & Associates and her specialty, art therapy. They also discussed some FAQs about mental health services including when to seek help and how to get connected to services, telehealth options, insurance coverage, and the importance of finding the right fit with a therapist.
May 12th, 2021: Katie Moder, Director of Pupil Services at the FDL School District, spoke with Spencer Wagen about the Fondy C.A.R.E.S program which provides mental health services within the school setting, and how this program reduces barriers to kids receiving much needed services.
April 28th, 2021: Linsday Loewe, a Mental Health & Substance Abuse Counselor with Collaborative Wellness in Ripon & Oshkosh, spoke with Spencer Wagen about the services offered at Collaborative Wellness and the various initiatives they are involved in. They also discussed some FAQs about mental health services, including how to know when to seek out counseling, finding the right fit with a provider, and talking with loved ones about getting help.
April 14th, 2021: Kaitlyn Kenealy, owner of a counseling practice in Fond du Lac (Kenealy Counseling) and co-chair of the Prevent Suicide FDL County Committee, shared information about the services offered at her agency and also covered some FAQs about mental health services.
March 10th, 2021: Leah Koenigs, a therapist at Delta Center in Fond du Lac spoke with Spencer Wagen about the services offered at Delta Center, including experiential play therapy. They also covered some “Mental Health Services FAQs” including how people can determine what services are covered by their insurance and information about telehealth counseling sessions.
March 24th, 2021: Amy Johannes and Joyce Gau from Drug Free Communities of FDL County spoke with Spencer Wagen about the various activities of Drug Free Communities as well as the upcoming Start the Conversation 5K.
February 24th, 2021: Lindsey Bruins, Program Coordinator and Clinician for the FDL Area YScreen Program, spoke with Spencer Wagen about the YScreen program and how it has adapted in the face of COVID and virtual schooling.
February 10th, 2021: Becky Hoffman, Program Coordinator of the FDL County Birth to 3 Program and chair of CSI’s Element 5 – SPROUT – talked with Spencer Wagen about Birth to 3, SPROUT’s past and ongoing activities, and the importance of parent-child interactions and support.
September 9th, 2020: Tammi Kohlman, coordinator of the Destination Zero suicide prevention initiative, spoke with Spencer Wagen about September being Suicide Prevention Awareness month, and the new stickers & window clings created by the Prevent Suicide FDL County committee with crisis contact information.
July 8th, 2020: Tammi Kohlman, coordinator of the Destination Zero suicide prevention initiative, spoke with Spencer Wagen about the recently updated fact sheet about the impact of suicide in Fond du Lac County, how everyone can play a role in identifying and helping those who are struggling, and some of the local resources that exist.
June 24th, 2020: Tammi Kohlman, coordinator of Destination Zero suicide prevention initiative, spoke with Spencer Wagen about the Survivors of Suicide Loss support group that is held monthly in Fond du Lac. This group is returning to in person meetings beginning on July 8th at NAMI‘s Friendship Corner located at 86 S. Macy St., Fond du Lac.
Mental Health Awareness Month 2020
KFIZ’s Spencer Wagen conducted several interviews with local mental health advocates and professionals throughout May 2020 to share information about area resources and promote the idea that mental health is something that ALL of us need to prioritize. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Spencer and all of his guests!
May 28th, 2020: Laura Rau, a board member of NAMI Fond du Lac, shared information about the various programs and services that NAMI Fond du Lac provides to individuals with mental illness and their families. Learn more about NAMI Fond du Lac by going to the website or Facebook page.
May 27th, 2020: Lindsay Loewe, a mental health & substance abuse counselor through Collaborative Wellness in Ripon, spoke about how Existential Trauma has affected many of us and the various services offered at Collaborative Wellness – including a no-cost option. Learn more about Collaborative Wellness by going to their website, Facebook page, or YouTube channel.
May 21st, 2020: Brittani Woods, a board member of NAMI Fond du Lac and suicide loss survivor, shared the story of her brother Brandon’s struggles, the importance of supporting Veterans’ mental health, and local efforts to bring awareness to this issue. Learn more about the Brandon Michael Memorial Ruck March by going to the Salute the Troops Annual Races website.
May 18th, 2020: Alicia Hans, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Catalpa Health and City of Fond du Lac Councilperson, shared her personal story and discussed the importance of focusing on your mental health at all times of the year.
May 13th, 2020: Tammi Kohlman, the coordinator of the Destination Zero suicide prevention initiative in Fond du Lac County, talked with Spencer about the Tools2Thrive being highlighted throughout the month on CSI’s website and Facebook page. These practical tools include owning your feelings, finding the positive after loss, eliminating toxic influences, creating healthy routines, and supporting & connecting with others.
January 8th, 2020: Tammi Kohlman spoke with KFIZ’s Spencer Wagen about the successful QPR Suicide Prevention training effort across Fond du Lac County in 2019, with 58 training sessions being held and 966 individuals trained. They also discussed Destination Zero’s new workplace mental health pilot program (CLICK HERE for more information) and the role co-workers can play in preventing suicides.
September 25th, 2019: Chaplain Doug Hedman and Tammi Kohlman spoke with KFIZ’s Bob Hoffmaster about the upcoming Fond du Lac Warrior Summit, which will be held on Friday, October 18th at Marian University’s Stayer Center, from 8:30am-4:30pm. Complete details and registration form is located HERE. Registration closes Friday, October 4th.
July 24th, 2019: Maurice (Moe) Craine, a local business owner and member of the Prevent Suicide Fond du Lac committee, and Tammi Kohlman, the coordinator of CSI’s Destination Zero suicide prevention initiative, spoke with KFIZ’s Bob Hoffmaster about Ball 4 The Cause, a charity basketball game that will be held on Saturday, August 10th. Barriers to accessing mental health treatment, and heightened stigma among men and within the African American community as it relates to addressing mental health concerns was also discussed.
March 24th, 2019: Greg Henderson, a psychotherapist from Aurora Behavioral Health and active member of several CSI committees spoke with KFIZ’s Bob Hoffmaster about the important role of mental health in overall well-being, how healthy habits and self-care can improve our quality of life, and work-life balance, among other topics!
February 13th, 2019: Ellen Sorensen, Drug Free Communities Coordinator, and Dr. Jim Salasek spoke with KFIZ’s Bob Hoffmaster about the connection between mental health and substance abuse, how tobacco use is changing with the emergence of electronic delivery devices, and the many activities of Drug Free Communities across Fond du Lac County.
January 9th, 2019: Dr. Janet McCord, Professor of Thanatology at Marian Univeristy and member of CSI’s Prevent Suicide-Fond du Lac Committee, spoke with KFIZ’s Bob Hoffmaster about the importance of learning basic suicide prevention techniques, and the current effort to educate Fond du Lac County residents through free QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper trainings. To request a training, simply fill out this form.
December 12th, 2018: Dr. Jim Salasek, the chair of CSI’s Mental Health Access Prioirty, spoke with KFIZ’s Bob Hoffmaster about how realistic New Year’s resolutions can promote mental health and overall well-being.
October 31st, 2018: Dr. Jim Salasek spoke with KFIZ’s Bob Hoffmaster about CSI’s structure and community priorities. They discussed CSI’s efforts to promote the social, emotional and behavioral well-being of ALL Fond du Lac County residents.