2019 Black Tie & Blue Jean Extravaganza
Black Tie & Blue Jean Extravaganza, hosted by the Bellin Health Foundation.
Beneficiaries from this year’s event are Bellin Psychiatric Center’s School-based Mental Health Services and Business and Community Health’s service of Youth Mental Health First Aid. These services will benefit elementary, middle and high school students in nine different school districts and more than seventeen different school locations in NE Wisconsin who are in need of mental health services. (A complete list of the schools benefiting are listed below.)
There is a growing and unmet need for mental health services for children and youth throughout the community. Examples of issues seen in the school setting include: stress, anxiety, bullying, family problems, depression, learning disabilities and alcohol/substance abuse. Serious mental health problems, such as self-injurious behaviors and suicide are on the rise, particularly among youth. Nationally, numerous school shootings have been linked to untreated mental health issues.
We have learned that schools are an ideal place to provide mental health services. Through school professionals who all know the students, parents and staff, identification of students/families in most need can be done effectively. As a result of these connections between school resources and our Bellin Psychiatric Center resources, students who had been unable to access or did not have the personal/family support available to gain access to traditional outpatient mental health services are now able to receive these vital services in their school. There are no longer the previous barriers to access treatment, such as students missing school and parents missing work for the student’s mental health appointments.
In addition, more and more schools, as well as community members, are requesting assistance to learn the skills needed to identify students who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. “Youth Mental Health First Aid” is an 8-hour course that gives people these skills. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond appropriately to signs of mental illness.
By participating in the Black Tie & Blue Jean Extravaganza, you have made a tremendous difference in the lives of students in our community through the School Mental Health Services Program and the Youth Mental Health First Aid Program. We welcome your support! We are pleased to share the results of the 2019 event.
Districts and locations receiving School Based Mental Health Services:
Oconto Falls School District
- Oconto Falls Middle School
- Oconto Falls High School
Marinette School District
- Garfield Elementary School
- Park Elementary School
- Marinette Middle School
- Marinette High School
Green Bay Area School District
- Danz Elementary School
- Rosa Minoka Hill School
West De Pere School District
- Westwood Elementary School
- Phantom Knight/West Academy
Sevastopol School District
- Elementary, Middle and High School
Luxemburg-Casco School District
- Luxemburg-Casco Elementary, Intermediate and High School
- Luxemburg-Casco Middle School
Algoma School District
- Algoma Elementary School
- Algoma Middle & High School