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The Faces of WI
Safe and Healthy Schools Center

DIRECTOR: Tracy Herlitzke
Phone: 608-786-4838

NORTH (CESAs #5, #9, #12)
Coordinator: Lynn Verage
Phone: 715-453-2141

WEST (CESAs #4, #10, #11)
Coordinator: Carol Zabel
Phone: 715-720-2145

CENTRAL (CESAs #2, #3, #6)
Coordinator: Jackie Schoening
Phone: 920-236-0515

EAST (CESAs #1, #7, #8)
Coordinator: Christine Kleiman
Phone: 920-465-2139
Suicide Prevention
QPR Training
Please contact your Regional Coordinator listed above if you are interested in a QPR training for school staff to learn steps to help save a life from suicide.

Visit Mental Health America of Wisconsin's website for upcoming QPR Trainings of Trainers:
Milwaukee, November 1
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October 2013

Safe and Healthy Updates
October is Bullying Prevention Month
Guest Editorial by Jeff Reiland, Family Therapist at Gundersen Health System 
and writer for the website: TogetherAgainstBullying.org


There has been much coverage in the media in recent years about bullying.  Bullying has been with us for decades, probably centuries.  The explosion of cyberbullying has put the spotlight on bullying as a social problem with our children as the media cover one tragic story after another about bullying.  Is bullying on the rise?  Possibly. Bullying has taken on new forms and appears more sophisticated and pervasive than ever before due to social media technologies.  With traditional bullying, it was thought that children were at least safe at home.  Cyberbullying has allowed children who bully access to targets any time of the day or night.  Furthermore, children being victimized by cyberbullying are reluctant to seek help from parents because they don't want their access to social media restricted.  READ MORE...

2013-2014 WISH Professional Development Opportunities


We have been working hard to get our 2013-2014 schedule of trainings completed.  Please visit our website calendar often for updates and to register for events.

10/25/13It's Time! Addressing Mental Health of Children in the Classroom
11/6/1312 Highly Structured Individual Behavior Interventions*Tomahawk
11/13/13PREPaRE: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention
11/15/13Good Drugs Gone Bad: Prescription Drug TOT
Helping Students Through Trauma and Loss
Turtle Lake
1/21/14PREPaRE: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention
Turtle Lake
1/27/14Helping Students Through Trauma and Loss
1/28/14PREPaRE: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention
2/4/14PREPaRE: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention
2/14/14Helping Students Through Trauma and Loss
2/25/14PREPaRE: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention
3/12/14PREPaRE: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention
West Salem
3/19/14 & 4/9/1412 Highly Structured Individual Behavior Interventions*
Chippewa Falls
We have many more events planned for 2014 from Helping Students Through Trauma and Loss to PREPaRE Crisis Planning, see our calendar for more dates and locations.
*Graduate Credit Available
All events are contingent upon a minimum number of participants needed to hold event.

Tobacco Updates-E-Cigarettes

I have been hearing a lot about E-Cigarettes from schools and in the media.  Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are battery-powered devices that provide doses of nicotine and other additives to the user in an aerosol.
Here are some links for more information:


From the CDC Newsroom:

E-cigarette use more than doubles among U.S. middle and high school students from 2011-2012


From the CBS Newsroom:

Regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco products, 40 attorneys general urge FDA 

Suicide Touches Everyone

Submitted by Jackie Schoening, Regional Coordinator


Suicide touches everyone - all ages and all backgrounds, all racial and ethnic groups, in all parts of the county and every socioeconomic group and education level.  The emotional toll it leaves behind remains long after the event. 

Nationally, Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers (CDC, 2010) unfortunately; it is the second leading cause of death among teenagers in Wisconsin. (MHA-W, 2009).   The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey  State Sample found:

  • 22.7% of students reported feeling so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that they stopped doing some usual activities.
  • 13.5% of students reported having seriously considered attempting suicide in the last 12 months.
  • 11.5% of students reported having made a plan about how they would attempt suicide in the last 12 months.
  • 6.7% of students reported having attempted suicide at least once in the last 12 months

As a state, the rates of suicide continues to rise, exceeding those of neighboring states and has remained higher than the national rate for about a decade.  Wisconsin's suicide rate has been higher than the national average since 1998 and has continued to rise, while the national rate has remained relatively consistent. We know that suicide crisis centers in Wisconsin and across the nation have seen an increase in calls since the recession hit.  Stigma over discussing suicidal thoughts, lack of access to mental health care and insufficient funding are barriers to suicide prevention.


As an educator, you have day to day contact with many young people.  There are steps you can take to reduce suicide risk among your students READ MORE

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